Scottish independence has been given a boost this morning after the Scottish National Party and Scottish Greens agreed a power-sharing partnership at Holyrood.

The deal – which follows two months of negotiations led by Deputy First Minister John Swinney and Green MSPs Ross Greer and Maggie Chapman – sees the Green Party enter government for the first time in the UK.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Green co-leaders, Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater, will meet this afternoon to confirm the details of what is a historic moment in British politics. Although the deal requires the approval of the party’s executive, it is expected to pass in the next month.