The SNP leader told her audience in Dundee East a vote for the SNP is a vote to "escape Brexit". The Scottish First Minister pledged to take her country out of the UK and to re-join the EU as an independent country, which she claimed would "boost" investments and tax revenue. But her claim Scotland could become a "bridge" between the UK and the Brussels bloc was quickly dismissed by viewers across the country. Nicola Sturgeon said: “A vote for the SNP is a vote to escape Brexit and the threats that it poses to our economies and public services. It is a vote to secure the right to choose our own future.
“And if the future we then choose is as an independent member of the EU, we will be able to take full advantage of the single market, currently around eight times the size of the UK alone.
“If you look at Ireland, it is striking how the combination of independence and EU membership really is a huge economic gains.
“As an independent country, Scotland will be in a unique position to act as a bridge between the rest of the UK and the EU - making us a magnet for global investment which in turn will boost growth and tax revenue for public services.”
Viewers promptly took it to Twitter to criticise the Scottish leader. One user wrote: “Still dreaming of a parallel universe where pro-UK citizens do not exist.”
And another: “This woman doesn’t ignore one referendum result she ignores two, unbelievable.”
Addressing her claim Scotland will be a "bridge", voters pointed out an independent Scotland would be separated by the rest of the UK with a hard border of the likes of that which might threaten the island of Ireland again.
One user wrote: “What bridge is that, like the NI border with Ireland? It will in fact probably require a hard border with England, which is an absolute nightmare for the same reasons NI and Eire got rid of the border, and are totally against one if Brexit happens. Scotland cannot do the same.”
And another: “That bridge with a barrier, checks and guards on it one ? Is this after Scotland has regained entry to EU after we have left ? Will it be the Euro accepted north of the border because you cant use the pound without BoE rules.”
Last night Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn went head-to-head in a live TV debate, where the two leaders quarrelled over Brexit, the NHS and trustworthiness.
Following the debate, ITV carried out individual interviews with SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson, Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage and Green Party co-leader Sian Berry.
During her interview, Ms Sturgeon was questioned on Scotland’s deficit currently being the “worst in the EU”.
ITV News host Nina Hossain asked: “Scotland has the worst deficit in the EU right now.
“Would the rest of the UK be worse of better off if Scotland did gain independence?”
The SNP leader replied: “Well Scotland’s deficit is falling first of all, our revenues are rising.
“But if that argument is true and we don’t have time to go into it in detail, but if that argument is true and Scotland does have, to use your term, the worst deficit, as we are governed by Westminster then that is a big argument for change for Scotland.
“We are one of the wealthiest countries in the world so that says to me we should do things differently, not do things the same.
“More generally I think independence for Scotland would be good for Scotland but good for the rest of the UK.
“Because all of the countries of the UK would then participate and deal with each other on the basis of equality.
“We will always be each other’s closest friends but we would do that on the basis of equality.”
During the leaders’ debate, Mr Johnson said a potential coalition between the Labour Party and the SNP would bring more “dither and delay” and two more referendums on the EU and Scottish independence.