Ruth Davidson has said it feels like "a duty" to stop Nicola Sturgeon's plans for independence
The Scottish Conservative leader said she felt "a duty" to keep the United Kingdom together by forcing the First Minister to drop her campaign for a new post-Brexit vote on leaving Britain.
Led by Ms Davidson, the Tories have enjoyed a remarkable renaissance north of the border, emerging as the main opposition to Mrs Sturgeon's still-dominant SNP.
With less than two weeks to go until the General Election, Ms Davidson's Tories are appealing to Scottish voters who don't want another referendum to cast their ballot for her party.
According to recent polls, support for the so-called "IndyRef2' is on the wane, and a strong showing for the Conservatives in Scotland could be key in getting the SNP to back down.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, the 38-year-old politician said: "I feel a duty to make sure that we push back on Scottish independence.
"If I do nothing else in politics, playing my part in helping keep the union together will be enough for me."
Ms Davidson has repeatedly attacked Mrs Sturgeon for foisting what she calls "unwanted plans" for a new independence vote on the Scottish electorate.
She has accused the SNP of failing Scotland by focusing solely on securing a second referendum while school standards collapsed.
In last week's televised Scottish leaders debate, the pair locked horns again, with Ms Davidson claiming independence was "the only thing you [Mrs Sturgeon] have ever wanted your entire political career."
"The country said No and you won’t listen to them,” she added.
Ms Davidson's opposition to a second referendum reflects that of Prime Minister Theresa May, who she took inspiration from when launching the Tory manifesto alongside her last month.
"The Prime Minister say's she's a bloody difficult woman," Ms Davidson said. "Well, you ain't seen nothing yet!"
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