The BBC host peppered the Scottish National Party leader over her ability to influence Brexit negotiations, Scottish voters appetite for independence and her mismanagement of the economy.
Ms Sturgeon, speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, reaffirmed her commitment to keep Theresa May’s Conservatives out of Downing Street, hinting she the SNP willing to team up with Labour to make it happen.
However, Robinson went on the attack and questioned the SNP’s ability to influence any issue in Westminster.
He blast: “You say let’s have more SNP votes and more SNP MPs in Westminster because we can stand up to the Tories.
Nick Robinson grilled Nicola Sturgeon during the brutal interview
You are irrelevant in Westminster – they can ignore your pleas on Brexit
“I put it to you, you are never going to be in a stronger position than you are now. You have a Tory party with a very small majority and you have as many MPs as anyone could possibly fanaticise the SNP ever having.
“But in many ways, and this is not your fault, you are irrelevant in Westminster – they can ignore your pleas on Brexit, they can ignore your complaints – why not vote Labour and get a Labour government instead?”
Ms Sturgeon barked back, claiming Labour “are not strong enough in Scotland to challenge the Tories” and a vote for Mr Corbyn’s party is one to let “Tories in the back door”.
She added: “That’s why people who don’t want a Tory government with a bigger majority have to vote SNP on Thursday.”
But not content settling on one point of the SNP’s leaders election failings, Robinson turned focus on the willingness of Scottish voters to follow her independence dream.
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“You’ll put paid to another Scottish independence referendum because you’ve done enough campaigning,” he said.
“As we heard someone earlier in the programme say, ‘Scottish voters are scunnered – they’ve had enough’.
“One of your candidates today has put out an advert in the East Lothian Courier saying this election is not about independence – people don’t like what you’re saying, do they?”
Ms Sturgeon has claimed she has put her flagship policy on hold but has been accused of being “in denial” after she refused to admit her decision to postpone a second independence referendum was influenced by a sharp decline in its popularity.
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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
The First Minister, instead, said she would seek another vote after the final outcome of the Brexit process.
Robinson used this as an opportunity to grill her on the other challenges faced by Ms Sturgeon – like the economy.
He concluded: “I put it to you one of the reasons Scottish voters are saying we are not sure we want another referendum quite so soon is because of Scotland’s economy has challenges.
“There was a fall in output of 0.2 per cent compared with growth in the UK as a whole, there is talk of a £15bn blackhole if you went ahead and had independence – isn’t it time to worry about that rather than how you can rush back to the polls?”