Holyrood has continued to consider “Scotland’s Choice” before MSPs vote on whether to seek a second independence referendum later this evening.
It’s expected the SNP, with the support of the Scottish Greens, will win Tuesday’s vote, paving the way for Ms Sturgeon to forge ahead with her bid to break up the 300-year union.
However, the nationalist was left red-faced as she tried to intervene for a second time during rival Ms Davidson’s passionate pitch to parliament.
The Tory MSP argued most people did not want another “divisive” referendum campaign as she argued the SNP continued to complain about the powers it does not have.
Ruth Davidson hammered Nicola Sturgeon during a fiery row
Sit down… I think I’ve answered the First Minister’s question, I will not take another intervention
Alluding to a meeting between Ms Sturgeon and the UK prime minister on Monday, Ms Davidson accused the First Minister of “spinning” their talk for the rationale for an independence referendum.
Interrupting Ms Davidson for the first time, the SNP leader said: “The prime minister said to me very clearly yesterday, it’s her intention for the exit terms and also a comprehensive free trade deal to be agreed before March 2019.
“Can I take from Ruth Davidson’s comments today that she thinks I should mistrust the word of the prime minister?”
The SNP leader was left looking gobsmacked at the outrageous response
Ms Davidson immediately shot back that she would not take any lessons from the First Minister.
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As Ms Sturgeon tried to interrupt again, the Tory leader retorted: “Sit down… I think I’ve answered the First Minister’s question, I will not take another intervention.”
Clearly gobsmacked, Ms Sturgeon returned to her seat, as Ms Davidson argued no matter how good the Brexit deal, Ms Sturgeon would push for an independence referendum anyway.
“At this moment we should be pulling together, not hanging apart,” she continued.
“I think the First Minister knows the proposal she’s putting forward today can’t work, it’s not fair to the people of Scotland, but that’s not the point.”
“Because this is not the plan of a reasonable government, it’s the SNP cooking up the same old recipe for division.”
The Scottish Conservative leader tore into the SNP's bid for independence
Ruth Davidson to Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, "Sit down". I tuned in live at the right moment.
— doc brown (@musicpiracyguy) March 28, 2017
Ms Davidson’s robust response won the praise of social media user, who instantly took to Twitter to laud her.
One wrote: “Ruth Davidson slaps down Sturgeon in Scottish parliament debate. Love it.”
Another added: “Ruth Davidson refuses to take another intervention from Sturgeon and tells her to sit down. Go Ruth!”
A third quipped: “Ruth Davidson just gave Sturgeon the 'talk to the hand' sign and said 'sit down!' – very amusing.”