Published On: Thu, Aug 29th, 2019

Brexit news: Ruth Davidson attacks Sturgeon in resignation speech | UK | News

Ruth Davidson stepped down as Scottish Conservative leader on Thursday saying the “biggest change has been starting a family”. Ms Davidson, who has been an opponent of no deal , made the announcement just a day after Boris Johnson announced the Government will prorogue Parliament. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Wednesday his plans to implement an extended suspension of Parliament ahead of the Queen’s Speech on October 14, which will effectively limit the time MPs have to try to block a no deal Brexit.

Speaking in Edinburgh, Ms Davidson appeared to take a guarded swipe at Scottish First Minister Ms Sturgeon, and political leaders who “fail to lead”.

She said: “In terms of final thoughts. I believe that two referenda have split Scotland and indeed opinion in the UK.

“I am convinced referenda should be used to affirm public opinion but not as a way for political leaders to fail to lead.

“Looking at the division in our politics, I make this plea. The vast majority of people who go into politics, do so for the right reasons. To improve their communities and their countries, I think we should always remember that.

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“Respect is what is missing from our debates and without respect you cannot have understanding and you cannot unite, which is what we in Scotland and in the UK need to do.”

Scottish First Minister Ms Sturgeon has repeatedly called for another say on Scottish independence, despite Scotland voting to remain part of the UK in 2014.

During her speech, Ms Davidson said she was leaving her role as Scottish Conservative leader “with a heavy heart”.

She also said that “work has always come first” over the past eight years, but since the arrival of her son Finn last October, it meant she now wants to make a “different choice”.

It comes just a day after the Prime Minister announced the move to extend the suspension of Parliament ahead of the Queen’s Speech on October 14.

Mr Johnson insisted it was “completely untrue” that he would deny time to MPs to debate Britain’s departure from the EU.

On Wednesday, he said: “There will be ample time on both sides of that crucial October 17 Summit in Parliament for MPs to debate the EU, Brexit and all the other issues.”

The move sparked fury among many MPs, with those trying to stop a no deal Brexit branding the decision a “constitutional outrage”, as demonstrators took to the streets at Westminster.

The decision came after opposition parties met and hinted they would do everything in their power to try to block a no deal exit from the Brussels bloc.

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