Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister, is reportedly set to resign after eight years in the position.
The news comes after reports from the BBC and The New York Times, as well as other outlets, that Sturgeon will step down as the leader of Scotland’s government. The decision is said to come after a period of internal political tension in the country.
Sturgeon, who has been in office since 2014, is the first minister of the Scottish National Party and has been a vocal advocate for Scottish independence. She has been a key figure in the ongoing Brexit negotiations between the UK and the European Union, and has been a strong voice for Scotland’s interests.
Sturgeon’s resignation comes as the European Union prepares to impose new sanctions on Russia worth €11bn. The sanctions are in response to what the EU has called “systematic and ongoing violations of international law” by the Kremlin.
The resignation of Sturgeon is likely to have a significant impact on the future of Scotland’s relationship with the UK and the EU, and will be closely watched by both sides. It is unclear who will replace Sturgeon, but the process of selecting a new first minister is likely to be a long and complicated one.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.