FMQs LIVE: Sturgeon braces for furious showdown as independence funding row blows open

Nicola Sturgeon pushes independence again at COP 26

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Scotland’s net-zero secretary Michael Matheson said the country will “require access” to oil and gas if it became independent, justifying the continuation of new oilfields to satisfy domestic demand. This has stunned the Scottish Greens as the comments come a week after the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said continued unlimited extraction of oil and gas would be “fundamentally wrong.”

Today’s FMQs could see a showdown between Sturgeon and Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie – whose party is now under a formal power-sharing arrangement with the SNP – who will both be in Scottish Parliament today.

Nicola Sturgeon will also go head-to-head with Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross at FMQs at noon today.

Scotland has a huge oil and gas industry, a fact that makes it more challenging for the country, in regards to how they tackle climate change according to the SNP.

A spokesperson for Scottish Greens said: “The Greens and SNP do not agree on the future of oil and gas. Mr Matheson’s comments do not echo what the First Minister has said ahead of COP, when she acknowledged that fossil fuel extraction cannot continue indefinitely.”

Pamela Nash, chief executive of the pro-union campaign group Scotland in Union called the SNP’s green credentials “a mirage.”


MSP calling on Nicola Sturgeon to deliver justice workers

Labour and Co-op MSP for Glasgow Region, Paul Sweeney, is heading to Holyrood for FMQs. He says he will be calling on “Nicola Sturgeon to show the leadership that’s been lacking from her SNP City Council and intervene to deliver justice for the workers.”

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