Nicola Sturgeon: Theresa May's departure enhances case for Indyref2

Cheryl Sanders
May 24, 2019

Ms Davidson said: "The Prime Minister has always put country before party and, by announcing her resignation and setting out a plan for an orderly departure, she has shown that commitment again today".

Labour lawmaker Ian Lavery, chair of the opposition party, said the resignation underlined that "the prime minister's authority is shot and her time is up".

In a letter to Labour leader Corbyn, Mrs May wrote: "I have shown. that I am willing to compromise to deliver Brexit for the British people".

In an appeal to MPs, Mrs May maintained that her deal was the only way to deliver Brexit.

Scottish Secretary David Mundell said no-one could have worked harder, or shown a greater sense of public duty, than Mrs May in delivering the result of the European Union referendum.

Liberal Democrat Leader Sir Vince Cable tweeted: "The Prime Minister is right to recognise that her administration has reached the end of the road".

"For the sake of the country, Theresa May needs to go, and we need an immediate general election", he said.

Leadership rivals Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab were among the Tories who backed Mrs May's deal in March, but have now vowed to oppose the Withdrawal Agreement Bill when it returns to the Commons in early June.

Ms Sturgeon said she wished Mrs May well, while warning that the prime minister's departure "will not solve the Brexit mess that the Tories have created". "She and I had profound disagreements - not least on her handling of Brexit and her disregard for Scotland's interests", the SNP leader said. The only way to do that once and for all is to put the deal to the people. Given current circumstances, it also feels deeply wrong for another Tory to be installed in Number 10 without a general election.

With the deadlock in London, the world's fifth-largest economy faces an array of options including an exit with a deal to smooth the transition, a no-deal exit, an election, a second referendum, or even revocation of the Article 50 notice to leave the EU.

"Added to the experience of the past three years, this makes it all the more important that Scotland is given the choice of becoming an independent country".

"I do so with no ill will, but with enormous and enduring gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the country I love".

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