The Scottish First Minister dismissed suggestions her drive for a Scottish independence referendum would hinder a possible coalition deal with Jeremy Corbyn by repeatedly swerving the question.
Appearing on Sky News, the SNP leader was asked what her first question would be to the Labour leader if there was a hung Parliament and the two parties formed an alliance.
The presenter asked: “You’ve spoken about a progressive alliance with Jeremy Corbyn should there be a hung Parliament.
“Your first question to Jeremy Corbyn on June 9th would be ‘will you deliver, will you give me an independence referendum’ – true or false?”
Nicola Sturgeon was repeatedly asked if a referendum would be a "precondition" in joining Mr Corbyn
I’m dealing with the reality of this election and the reality of this election is that the Tories are likely to win
The politician dodged the question and insisted “we should also look at the reality of this election”.
She replied: “Look, I have made it clear – made it clear in 2015 – if the arithmetic lends itself to a progressive alliance that can lock the Tories out of government I would want the SNP to be part of that.
“But I think that we should also look at the reality of this election and the polls suggest that that’s not going top happen.”
Probing further, the reporter asked if a second independence referendum would be a “precondition”.
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SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon stops for an ice cream after making an election campaign visit to Scottish Gas HQ in Granton, Edinburgh
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Avoiding the “yes or no” question again, she replied: “My first question to Jeremy Corbyn would be ‘are you going to work with the SNP to end Tory austerity?’ because there is an alternative to Tory austerity that I don’t think Labour is putting forward.”
Pushed further on the independence issue, Mrs Sturgeon was asked what her second question would be.
She fired back and said: “Look, with the greatest respect, I’m going to launch a manifesto tomorrow that will put forward SNP policies.
“If there is any chance of a progressive alliance that locks the Tories out, I would want to get as much of the SNP manifesto implemented as possible.
“But I’m dealing with the reality of this election and the reality of this election is that the Tories are likely to win.”
She was pressed four more times on independence but refused to budge and gave the reporter “10 out of 10 for trying”.