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SNP’s power-sharing deal with the Scottish Greens collapses

The first minister has ended the SNP’s power-sharing deal with the Scottish Green Party.

The move follows the government’s decision to scrap climate targets and a pause on the prescription of puberty blockers for under-18s.

The Conservatives have said they will hold a vote of no confidence in First Minister Humza Yousaf.

That could come as early as next week and Mr Yousaf is facing calls to hold an election.

The SNP is now a minority government and will need to win the support of opposition MSPs to get its programme approved by the Scottish Parliament.

The SNP hold 63 of the 129 seats at Holyrood, two short of an overall majority, The Greens have seven, the Scottish Conservatives 31 and Labour 22.

The Presiding Officer of the parliament would be expected to back the status quo in the event of a tied vote.

Former SNP member Ash Regan now sits as an Alba Party MSP.

 

The news that the agreement was being scrapped came days after the Greens announced that party members would be given a vote in the coming weeks on whether they should remain in power with the SNP.

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