Nicola Sturgeon’s Resignation Triggers Political Turmoil in Scotland and the UK

todayFebruary 16, 2023

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Nicola Sturgeon’s resignation as Scotland’s first minister and SNP leader has surprised many and is set to cause a major upheaval in Scottish politics, with implications for the whole UK. Sturgeon’s speech announcing her departure was eloquent but also lengthy, and suggests that it is time for her to go. She had been in her “late imperial phase” for many months and was losing her touch, particularly with criticisms and disagreements within her own party. Her departure resulted from several factors, including her unpopular handling of Scotland’s new gender recognition laws, her strategy on independence, and her domestic record as first minister, which has come under intense scrutiny.


Sturgeon’s departure means a leadership contest for the SNP, with contenders who possess only a fraction of her name recognition. The favorite is said to be Kate Forbes, the Scottish finance secretary, but she is relatively untested and comes from a less liberal progressive background than Sturgeon or Alex Salmond. Her views on abortion and gender recognition are not the same as Sturgeon’s, which could make it difficult for her to reach across the political divide. Sturgeon’s successor will need to navigate a special conference next month on independence strategy, as the SNP stands or falls on independence.


Sturgeon’s departure also robs the SNP of its greatest individual electoral asset, as she had been front and center of all its electoral campaigns. This may boost the chances of Scottish Labour and Keir Starmer in the upcoming general elections. In the long run, the big question is whether Sturgeon’s resignation marks a turning point for the independence cause, with some believing that the nationalist tide has passed its high point.


Nicola Sturgeon’s resignation has triggered a major shakeup in Scottish politics and has significant implications for the UK. It follows her loss of touch and criticisms within her party, and her departure means a leadership contest for the SNP, with potential challenges for the party’s future.

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