London (Reuters) – One The Scottish Government said independent reports were expected to govern whether or not Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon broke a code of conduct.
If the report says that Sturgeon intentionally broke the code of conduct, he would be expected to resign, which could have seismic consequences for Scottish politics and the future of the United Kingdom.
The Scottish elections are due in May, and Sturgeon has vowed to press for an independent referendum if his Scottish National Party (SNP) wins an absolute majority. If it is voted out and the SNP falls short of a majority, the momentum of the referendum may be lost.
The report by James Hamilton, a senior lawyer, independent consultant, shows how Sturgeon and his administration brought sexual harassment allegations against his predecessor Alex Salmond.
Salmond was once a close friend and political ally of Sturgeon, the pair formed a powerful partnership campaign for Scottish independence. But they have turned to each other and their quarrel is jeopardizing their shared dream.
Salmond accused Sturgeon of being part of a plot to remove him from public life, a claim he called absurd.
The Scottish Government said it had received Hamilton’s report and was completing a legally required investigation before publishing it.
Sarkar said, “James Hamilton has submitted a note with his report in which he states that he understands that the Scottish Government will be required to carry out redactions before publication, obey court orders and avoid worship identification.”
It mentioned the identity of the women who complained about Salmond.
The Scots voted against independence from 55% –45% of the United Kingdom in 2014. On Monday, the Scottish Government published a draft independence referendum bill, which the Scottish National Party of Sturgeon said it should pass in the first part of the next parliament. Win the may election.
(Reporting by Estelle Shirbon; Editing by Michael Holden)
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