16 September 2014
The Green Party of England and Wales (GPEW) has joined Green Parties from across Europe today in backing a day of action in support of Green Yes, the Scottish Green Party's campaign for a Yes vote in the referendum.
GPEW is the only England and Wales-wide party backing independence.
Green activists from England, Wales, France, Poland, Slovakia and Catalonia are in Edinburgh to help the Green Yes campaign on the eve of the referendum. Along with Green MSPs Patrick Harvie and Alison Johnstone the activists will help the campaign at the hugely popular Green Yes Tardis (ex-police call box) on Leith Walk in the city.
Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party of England and Wales, said:
"I was delighted to visit Edinburgh this month to speak at a Green Yes meeting and to feel the enthusiasm and conviction of campaigners working to see Scotland able to choose its future direction, to create the space to build a society that works for the common good within environmental limits.
"I congratulate the England and Wales members who are campaigning hard in Scotland for a ‘Yes’ vote, and know that many more will be using social media and talking to friends in Scotland supporting the Green Yes campaign.
"A 'yes' vote offers great possibilities for Scotland, but it also offers great potential for real political change and long overdue reform in the remainder of the UK. And it offers a powerful message that voting can make a difference, an important offering of hope for our disillusioned electorate."
Green MSP Patrick Harvie said:
"In recent weeks Scottish Greens have been receiving messages of support from colleagues around the world as we campaign for a Yes vote. Our friends see the chance we have of achieving a fairer, greener future for Scotland, but also the chance for the UK to renew itself as a result.
"With a Yes vote we can make real progress on nuclear disarmament, we can prioritise equality and end austerity. We can strengthen the case of colleagues who want change elsewhere in these islands.
"Greens have a reputation as outward-looking internationalists, and the show of support we're seeing for Green Yes makes us even more determined to win independence for Scotland so our country can be a force for good in the world."