Nicola Sturgeon issues statement after Theresa May resignation


French President Emmanuel Macron stands ready to work with a new British prime minister on all European and bilateral issues after Mrs May's resignation, but wants clarity on Britain's approach to Brexit, an Elysee official has said.

The two-time mayor of London, who campaigned for Leave in the 2016 referendum, has said May's deal fails to deliver Brexit, slammed suggestions of a second referendum, and said that the United Kingdom should be prepared to leave without a deal.

Her warning came as Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said she would only support a candidate who could "bring our country back together" after the turmoil of recent years.

Ms Davidson said the next leader of the Tories must demonstrate a similar level of commitment to the Union as Mrs May, who repeatedly rejected Ms Sturgeon's demands for indyref2.

In a series of tweets after the Prime Minister's resignation, Ms Sturgeon insisted there should be a general election when a new Tory leader is chosen.

Mrs May will step down as Tory leader on 7 June, with a leadership contest due to begin the following week. The only way to do that once and for all is to put the deal to the people. She and I had profound disagreements - not least on her handling of Brexit and her disregard for Scotland's interests.

"The prospect of an even more hardline Brexiteer now becoming PM and threatening a no-deal exit is deeply concerning".

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She will stay on as Prime Minister until a replacement is appointed, which is expected to be by the end of July.

In an appeal to MPs, Mrs May maintained that her deal was the only way to deliver Brexit. Given current circumstances, it also feels deeply wrong for another Tory to be installed in Number 10 without a general election.

Andrea Leadsom quit as Commons leader on Wednesday, saying she no longer believed it would "deliver on the referendum result".

Mrs May announced she would be standing down in an emotional speech outside 10 Downing Street this morning.

The politician was appointed as prime minister in 2016, becoming only the second female to fill the role.

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