Scottish Greens co-leader states an Independent Scotland should not join NATO as nuclear weapons “don’t keep us safe.” 

One of Nicola Sturgeon’s political colleagues has said that an independent Scotland should not join NATO because nuclear weapons “don’t keep us safe.” 

Scottish Greens co-leader states an Independent Scotland should not join NATO as nuclear weapons “don’t keep us safe.” 

Patrick Harvie, the Scottish Greens’ co-leader, joined the Scottish Government last year as part of a power-sharing deal with Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP. Mr Harvie proposes that the alternative is to “work in a cooperative way with our neighbours” without being bound by an alliance. 

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a number of non-aligned countries have raced to revise their attitudes about NATO. 

Sweden and Finland, both historically neutral governments, have shown interest in joining the alliance. 

Should the Scandinavian countries join, Russia has warned of dire repercussions. 

The resistance to nuclear proliferation is central to the Green Party’s worldview. 

The SNP, on the other hand, supports the partnership, a position it took over a decade ago. However, the party remains committed to withdrawing nuclear weapons from the Clyde region. 

Scottish Green politician, Mr Harvie stated to the Scottish media: “What I do see is a recognition that strategic cooperation is really important – that our peace and security depends on countries working together.

“One of the interesting things about the current crisis is it’s an attempt to show that coordinated concerted economic measures can be used as an alternative to military intervention.

“An institution like the EU is, in some ways, more critical than NATO in the immediate term.

“In the longer term, we all have to hope that the current threat will end – but we don’t know that, so strategic cooperation for defence purposes is important as well.”

Continuing: “I would like to think that there is a way to achieve that level of cooperation between countries that are committed to democracy and peace and security – but without everyone having to be under a first-strike nuclear policy.

“So I doubt very much my party is going to want to ditch its policy on NATO – but I do think there is an appetite for discussion about how do you achieve strategic cooperation for peace-building in a way that will include countries that want to join, and countries that are not part of that.”

“Finland and Sweden have worked closely with NATO even though they have not been members.”

Mr Harvie explained to the Daily Record: “I would like to think everyone in an independent Scotland would want it to work in a cooperative way with our neighbours – especially to protect peace and the economic and social conditions that give rise to peace.

“This isn’t something that happens out of context – the climate emergency, for example, is one of the biggest strategic and security threats the planet faces.

“The pressure on resources that countries are going to be living with through the 21st century is potentially a deep cause of conflict throughout the world.

“Nuclear weapons don’t keep us safe, they keep us in peril.”

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