‘Politics is never forever!’ SNP to replace Nicola Sturgeon as leader before next election

Nicola Sturgeon won't stand at next election predicts Carlaw

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Jackson Carlaw told Express.co.uk that he does not expect Nicola Sturgeon to stand for election in the 2026 Holyrood election. The Scottish Tory added that the current First Minister of Scotland’s time in power has come and gone already and the SNP will want to move on.

Mr Carlaw said: “I suspect that the next Scottish Parliamentary elections will not see Nicola Sturgeon.

“I think there will come a point where the party itself thinks it is time for her to move on.

“I suspect that will come about with her accepting some position with an organisation.

“She herself said at one point that she hoped to have another job in her.

“Politics is never forever for anyone, I think that people will just generally judge the time has come.

“Obviously, I feel it has come, it has come and gone already.”

During the same interview, Mr Carlaw stated Ms Sturgeon will attempt to get Scotland into the European Union “at any price”.

Mr Carlaw told Express.co.uk that the SNP leader would attempt to get an independent Scotland back into the European Union without holding a referendum on membership of the trading bloc.

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The Scottish Tory added that European nations would think Scotland has “a bit to prove” before allowing the nation to join the bloc due to the current state of Scotland’s economy.

Mr Carlaw said: “I noticed that Nicola Sturgeon has said we would not even debate this, there would not be another referendum on it, she would just try and get us back in at any price and we would then have to accept whatever that price was.

“I do not think it would be light, as a very small nation, I think we would have to wait.

“This idea that it would happen at the click of a finger overnight, I think is fantasy politics.

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“It would be much longer than that with us lying in limbo for quite some time in the interim.

He added: “I think other nations in Europe would look at it and think Scotland has got a bit to prove before it can join the European Union.”

Nicola Sturgeon has been the First Minister of Scotland since November 2014.

She has openly called for another referendum on Scottish independence and outlined plans to declare one in the first term of this Scottish Parliament.

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