Scotland’s first minister cancels speech as he fights for his political survival

Scotland’s First Minister Humza Yousaf is to cancel a speech he was due to deliver on independence in Glasgow this lunchtime, Sky News undertands.

Sources say Mr Yousaf will “come out fighting” after the Greens said they will join the other opposition in a vote of no confidence next week.

Mr Yousaf announced his plan to cut ties with the Greens on Thursday, following a bitter row over the SNP’s climbdown on climate targets.

And soon after, the Scottish Conservatives announced it would lodge a vote of no-confidence in him, claiming the first minister had “failed” in his role and had “focused on the wrong priorities for Scotland”.

Both Labour and the Liberal Democrats agreed to back the motion, with its success hanging on whether Green Party MSPs joined the attack to give SNP critics a majority in Holyrood.

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