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The outspoken Scottish nationalist said she has spent her entire political life fighting for the independence cause and it’s clear she wants to be the woman to make history by breaking up the Union. Six years after she took over as leader of the SNP following the rejection of independence in a public vote, Ms Sturgeon continues to pester the UK Government to allow a second referendum.
Express.co.uk conducted a survey asking readers if Ms Sturgeon should step down as Scotland’s leader if she fails to deliver independence next year.
Ninety-three percent (2,769) of those who took part said she should resign as First Minister if her efforts to take Scotland out of the UK fall flat.
Just six percent (179) of respondents said Ms Sturgeon should keep her top post if Scotland does not become independent in 2021.
Only 42 people (one percent) said they didn’t know.
In the comments section, many readers argued Ms Sturgeon should step down over her performance as First Minister in general.
Others even went as far as to suggest the Scottish National Party (SNP) should be disbanded.
One reader wrote: “Her resignation should not be linked to an IndyRef but to her and the SNP’s abysmal performance while in office.”
A second person said they would like to see Ms Sturgeon “retire completely” from politics and “the SNP disbanded”.
And yet a third said even if she persuades Boris Johnson to allow a second independence referendum and the Scots vote to leave the UK, Ms Sturgeon should step aside for other reasons.
They said she would be responsible for the “big mess” Scotland would face outside of the Union.
The reader wrote: “She will stand down even if she were to win an independence vote.
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“If she loses, then its P45 for failing. If she wins, it’s P45 for the financial mess the country is in and the bigger mess to come.”
Some people said rather than wait to see if Ms Sturgeon can bring about another ballot on independence in the new year, they would rather she left her top job now.
One said: “Why wait? Go now and save us further earache!”
A second added: “She should resign regardless if she gets a vote or not for the sake of the country she professes to love so much.”
Another reader said Ms Sturgeon should not have any power to bring about the break up of the UK as “the Union does not belong to Scotland and therefore any decision to break it up falls on the entire UK”.
Alex Salmond resigned as First Minister following the defeat of the Yes Scotland campaign in the independence vote in September 2014.
Scotland voted by 55.3 percent to remain part of the UK.
Ms Sturgeon has made it her business to fight for another public vote on independence and said if Scotland leaves the UK it would rejoin the European Union.
A total of 2,990 readers took part in the poll which ran from 10.10am to 10.30pm on December 1.
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