It will be hard for Nicola Sturgeon to go, and unclear who will replace her: but go she must. It is less a question of ‘when’?, and more of ‘how soon’?
We can make it easier for her, as there is an obvious time to go – when her party rejects her, and it is her, unpopular policy of treating an election as a de facto referendum.
To that end, we have drafted a sample resignation for her, which she is free to use as a template.
Yesterday’s special conference decision not to make the next election a de facto referendum has been a difficult one to accept. But I understand and respect your concerns, and the care and passion we have witnessed in the debate.
Despite the disappointment of this outcome, I remain confident in the future of our cause. Independence is not a matter of if, but when.
The journey to independence may be long and difficult, but – as has always been my policy – it must be won through peaceful and legal means, with an undeniable democratic mandate and the overwhelming support of the Scottish people.
It has become clear that while Westminster continues to deny Scottish democracy we do not have the legal path, or the support… yet.
My journey with the SNP has been one of great passion and unwavering commitment. I have dedicated my political career to building support for our cause. I am proud of the progress we have made together. Our movement may have a long way to go – but we have also come a long way. That is a testament to your strength and resilience.
I believe that it is now time to pass the torch to a new generation of leaders who will continue to fight for Scotland’s right to self-determination. For that reason, I have come to the difficult decision to resign from my position as your First Minister, and party leader.
Let me be frank – this decision is not a reflection of my belief in the cause of Scottish independence. Scotland’s future is as an independent nation and it is wrong for our democracy to be denied. However, as a leader, I must follow my party members, who have chosen a longer path.
Many of you will share my frustration. But I know that the next generation of SNP leaders will continue to fight for independence with the same passion and commitment that I have shown.
I am proud to have served as your leader and I am confident that you will bring our country to the independence we deserve.
If you feel that Nicola may benefit from seeing this, it is free for her use. You can send it to her with the hashtag #ResignSturgeon – you may also wish to sign a petition such as this one