Nicola Sturgeon refused to speculate on her future after Laura Kuennsberg asked the SNP leader if she planned to one day retire from frontline politics. The First Minister replied: “It is almost as if my opponents have concluded they can’t beat me or remove me from office themselves.
“They gave me that trust and they re-elected me.
“We face serious times as a country and I intend to fulfill that mandate.”
Ms Kuennsberg pressed: “Will you serve the full five terms?”
“I intend to fulfill that mandate,” repeated Ms Sturgeon.
The Scottish First Minister later snapped after Ms Kuenssberg pointed out polling figures suggest support for Scottish Independence was fading.
The BBC’s Political Editor confronted the SNP leader with the reality that Scotland was “pretty stubbornly divided” on the issue of independence.
Ms Kuenssberg told the Scottish First Minister: “When it comes to the question of independence isn’t the truth of it, you’re a bit stuck.
“The country is pretty stubbornly divided pretty much fifty fifty on this.
“Polling suggests the enthusiasm for independence has actually faded.”
Ms Sturgeon replied: “Not it doesn’t.”
Ms Kuenssberg replied:” It has fallen back.
“The average over the last six months is 3 percent gap, it’s always roughly fifty fifty.”