The Scottish First Minister resigns due to a swirl of political setbacks
The Scottish National Party (SNP) spokesman Ian Sturgeon has announced an announcement that she will stay in office until a new leader is appointed
In short, having dominated Scottish politics for 8 years and wielding the independence baseball bat to batter the UK government, she may have decided to quit before her legacy is damaged by failure.
The leader of the Scottish National Party made an announcement. She will stay in office until a new SNP leader is appointed.
“First, though I know it will be tempting to see it as such, this decision is not a reaction to short-term pressures,” said Sturgeon, who has been facing increasing tensions with the UK government in London over Scottish independence, as well as Westminster’s decision to block a Scottish law intended to allow trans people in Scotland to change their legal gender without a medical diagnosis.
Sturgeon said she could no longer give her full energy to the job, and that she felt she must say so now. “I have been wrestling with it, albeit with oscillating levels of intensity for some weeks,” the 52-year-old leader said. It’s the only way to do it, giving everything of yourself.
She said that it was difficult to have a private life because it was hard to meet friends for a coffee or go for a walk on your own.
“There are a range of able people in the SNP but they will now be tested in the fire of leadership inheriting a number of serious government policy challenges,” tweeted Salmond.
“I wish her all the best for her next steps,” said Sunak. We will continue to work with the scottgov on our efforts to deliver for people in Scotland.
“I’m not expecting violins here,” Sturgeon explained during a press conference on the prospect of independence in Scotland and her role in the Scottish Parliament
“I’m not expecting violins here,” Sturgeon acknowledged on Wednesday, later explaining that she believed the next election in Britain would serve as “a de facto vote” on the likelihood of independence.
She has lost support in her party since she attempted to introduce the controversial bill on gender identification, with some polls suggesting a majority of Scots supported the decision of the UK government to use its powers to block the proposal. The husband was implicated in a scandal at the end of last year, after it was reported he had personally lent $100,000 to the Nationalists.
A majority of people in Scotland voted to remain in the European Union in the 2016 Brexit referendum, and the SNP successfully used Brexit as a wedge issue, arguing that Scots were dragged out of the EU against their will.
Theresa May, Boris Johnson, Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak, four consecutive Conservative prime ministers, didn’t entertain the idea. It seems very unlikely that Keir Starmer, leader of the official opposition Labour Party, would give any boost to the idea because it’s very difficult for Labour to get enough seats in Scotland to win a parliamentary majority.
The SNP is due to have a special conference on independence next month. It is now likely it will go into that conference divided and without any certainty of its direction. All of which will make those opposed to independence very happy indeed.
At a news conference on Wednesday at her Edinburgh residence, she said that she had wrestled with the decision for weeks and ultimately decided someone else would be better suited to the job.
That ruling, combined with the conservative party’s hold over the British parliament, had already left the prospect of Scottish independence on shaky ground. Another blow is dealt by Sturgeon’s resignation.