EUROPEAN Greens have passed a resolution calling for “all options” to be explored to keep Scotland in the EU.

Representatives from all the parties involved in the Greens-European Free Alliance group in the European Parliament were in Glasgow for their first conference to discuss Brexit and the future of the EU.

Yesterday the group put their support behind a motion saying: “all options will be explored to ensure Scotland, Northern Ireland and Gibraltar and their people can retain their membership of the EU.”

Although the bloc has only 50 of the European Parliament’s 751 MEPs, Greens are currently members of the government in Sweden, Luxembourg and Greece.

Scottish Greens European spokesperson and West of Scotland MSP Ross Greer said: “The Greens are committed to respecting Scottish democracy. It has been fantastic to have our European family in Glasgow this weekend, not just offering their solidarity but meaningful support for our position of staying in Europe. It is clear that Scotland will have Green allies throughout the 27 other EU nations, ready to fight our corner when Westminster will not.

“The challenge is now for us to explore every option which will make our European future possible, including that of a referendum on independence, which would allow Scotland to take our place in the European family of nations as a full member state.”

Monica Frassoni, co-chair of the European Green Party, said: “The first and most important priority for the EU is now to keep the EU together in the Brexit process and beyond. We need to align the diverging interests of the different member states with a strong common negotiating position. It must be clear that the fundamental values and all founding principles of the EU treaties must not be called into question.”

Frassoni added: “European Greens are united in their support for Scotland’s efforts to retain their membership of the European Union.

“We have seen over the last three days of the European Greens council meeting in Glasgow how committed the Scots and in particular the Scottish Greens are to the promotion of European values of peace, democracy and bringing people together.

“We look forward to working together with Greens across Europe to forwarding those aims.”