Nicola Sturgeon has resigned today as Chief Minister for Scotland after eight and a half years in office. “This decision is not a reaction to short-term pressures, but rather to long-term prospects,” the pro-independence leader declared at the time of announcing her decision. “My heart and my head tell me it’s time to go. I feel it almost instinctively.”

Sturgeon, who took over from Alex Salmond in 2014 after the “yes” vote’s defeat in the independence referendum, led the Scottish National Party (SNP) to the highest levels of popularity, but shot himself in his own foot in his unsuccessful attempt to call a new sovereign consultation and definitively dug his political grave with the controversial “trans” law, rejected by a large majority of Scots.

“My decision comes from a sense of duty and love (for Scotland),” said the independence leader. “I know that some will be disappointed, others will see it well… I will continue in my position until the election of a successor”, a process that begins this Wednesday. “I think whoever my successor is will lead Scotland to independence,” she said.

“There is majority support for Scottish independence, but that support needs to be cemented, and that process requires a new leader,” Sturgeon said. “The good news is that the SNP starts off in a good position to defend our democratic right to hold a referendum that is blocked in the courts”

“Scotland’s journey towards independence continues, but it will be a tough road,” Sturgeon said. “Scotland is a better place than it was in 2014… Being Chief Minister has been the greatest honor of my life.”

When asked about the extent to which he rejected the “trans” law, Sturgeon gave no sign of regret and assured that he would continue to fight “for a more inclusive society with greater respect for dignity and human rights.”

Sturgeon denied, however, that the “trans” prisoner controversy was the final cause of his resignation. “That was not the straw that broke the camel’s back,” he replied. “Let people judge for themselves (…) I could have continued a few more months, six months, a year perhaps, but I would have had less and less energy to continue in the position.”

“Politicians come and go, but Scotland’s interest trumps that,” Sturgeon, 52, declared in the long and unusual announcement of his resignation, which lasted for more than forty minutes, with constant references to his personal life. and trying to control his emotions, when mentioning a recent funeral that made him reconsider his future.

Sturgeon threw balls out at the question about the growing divisions in the SNP and criticism of his leadership: “That would have to be asked of individual people”… His resignation comes just two months after Sturgeon’s resignation as SNP spokesman his great ally Ian Blackford, replaced by Stephen Flynn, 34, representative of the new generation of Scottish nationalists

“I’m leaving office, but I’m not leaving politics,” Sturgeon anticipated. “I don’t expect them to fire with violins, but I am a human person, as well as a politician (…) My intention is to depolarize the debate so that more can be discussed about issues and less about people.”

Sturgeon’s resignation comes hours after the release of a poll by Lord Michael Ashcroft that shows a significant drop in support for independence, twelve points below that in the United Kingdom (44% to 56%). The same poll detects great opposition to his “trans” law (54% to 29%) that allows gender self-determination at 16 years of age (compared to 18 in the British law) and without a medical certificate, and which has been blocked by the British Government.

The sudden resignation of the independence leader has caused a new storm in British politics and has surprised analysts themselves. In the turbulent start of the year, Sturgeon reiterated his intention to turn the general elections scheduled for 2024 into a “de facto referendum” on independence, an option rejected by 67% of Scots in the same poll.

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