Scotland’s Sturgeon quits to let new leader build case for independence
Nicola Sturgeon resigned as Scottish first minister on Wednesday (15 February), saying her dominance over her party and the country was no longer the asset it once was in the fight for an independent Scotland.
Sturgeon became leader of the Scottish National Party in the wake of a 2014 independence referendum when Scotland voted 55% to 45% to remain part of the United Kingdom.
But in recent months the path she was seeking for a new independence referendum was blocked by Britain’s Supreme Court, and she became embroiled in a row over transgender rights that angered even some of her own supporters.
“To achieve that, we must reach across the divide in Scottish politics. And my judgement now is that a new leader will be better able to do this. Someone about whom the mind of almost everyone in the country is not already made up for better or worse.
She led her party to a thumping success in the United Kingdom’s 2015 election, winning 56 of 59 seats in Scotland before she retained control over the devolved parliament at more recent elections.
Nicola Sturgeon is set to resign as Scottish First Minister.
Kate Forbes, the finance secretary, is the outstanding candidate to succeed Nicola Sturgeon and give the party the reset it desperately needs, writes @chrisdeerin. https://t.co/guYD15fqPa
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