Scotland will be independent by 2025, Nicola Sturgeon believes

As she campaigned in Bishopbriggs, East Dunbartonshire, the First Minister said: "There is a possibility as we see the polls narrow that we could deny Theresa May a majority, and certainly deny her a bigger majority, which is why she called this election".

However, during a hard half hour, she was repeatedly lambasted over her refusal to drop her plans for another referendum and warned she was losing the support of even some SNP supporters.

Speaking about Scotland's place in the Brexit negotiations, Sturgeon said Scotland had voted No in the 2014 independence referendum in part "to protect its place in the EU".

Nicola Sturgeon in the Drawing Room in Bute House, Edinburgh.

The SNP leader was interviewed on May 31 and the programme will be broadcast on Monday.

A spokesman for the Scottish Conservatives said: "With its endless threat of a referendum re-run, nothing poses more of a threat to family incomes in Scotland than the SNP".

She said: "On Thursday we're not choosing a Scottish Government".

Calum Kerr told us: "One of the things me and my colleague Paul Wheelhouse has been able to do is really put the Borders on the map in Scottish politics and U.K. Politics".

She said: "There's no doubt with polls narrowing in the rest of the United Kingdom whether or not Theresa May gets a majority, or a bigger majority, could come down to the outcome in Scotland".

Her answer raises fears she is pursuing a "neverendum" strategy, demanding new independence votes until she gets the result she wants.

She said: "The SNP is the only party who are serious about being that strong voice for Scotland - contesting every seat across the country while our opponents run lacklustre campaigns in just a smattering of seats".

She added that her daughter had been a "very determined" child, who announced she was going to become a lawyer aged five.

The ex-Labour leader has reunited with chancellor Alistair Darling, with both men penning letters to nearly 100,000 Scots in seats where the party believes it has a chance of ousting the SNP on June 8.

Labour supporters in England would be "appalled" if their party allows the Tories back into government and rejects a "progressive alliance" with the SNP, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Now Ms Sturgeon said she would be open to forming a "progressive alternative to the Tories" with other parties if the election delivers a hung parliament.

'I don't favour formal coalitions, I'm talking something that would be much more on an issue-by-issue basis to make sure we had government that invested in public services not cut public services, supported pensioner rights, not undermined those rights.

She said: 'My position on a referendum is straight forward - I think at the end of the Brexit process.we need to have a choice for our future. The First Minister can't run away from it this time.

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