The Scottish Government seemed less enthusiastic about this central part of Boris Johnson’s “leveling up” agenda, noting that a “partnership agreement” had been reached after months of “strong negotiations”.
Most importantly, however, the UK government will provide up to £ 52 million to support new Green Free Ports in two locations.
And Scottish Finance Secretary Kate Forbes said She was “delighted” that we have been able to reach an agreement on a common vision that recognizes the specific needs of Scotland and embodies the Scottish Government’s approach to achieving net zero and fair work through public investment. Demonstrates commitment. “
The real benefits of “freeports”, as they will be known outside of Scotland, remain to be seen. However, this is an attempt by the Westminster government to mobilize the economy for the benefit of all.
Greenfree Ports Scotland: ‘It will be a fair process’, says Kate Forbes …
As such, it would be foolish for the Scottish Government to deny the investment because of its political differences with Johnson or fears of Westminster ‘seizure of power’. Thankfully, the agreement shows willingness to bow.
And the UK government’s acceptance of certain branded “Green Free Ports” in Scotland indicates their willingness to allow the Scottish Government to operate, at least to some extent.
The Scottish Government will need to work harder to show that its partners in the government, the Scottish Greens, claim that the project’s environmental ambitions are nothing more than “greenwashing” after its Insisting on different names has real meaning.
“At a time when the Scottish economy needs all the help we need, our two governments need to work in a responsible, prosperous way and at least have a working relationship,” he said. Should be avoided by constantly avoiding petty quarrels.
If the national interest is to be met, both sides will need to compromise on the practical business of running the country, even as they move towards a major confrontation over the second independence referendum.