Nicola Sturgeon last night faced a backlash over her never-ending focus on independence despite the prospect of a gruelling coronavirus recovery.
In the final televised debate of the election campaign, opposition leaders warned of the threat of five more years of arguments on splitting up the United Kingdom if there is a pro-independence majority after tomorrow's election.
The First Minister was warned by the Conservatives leader Douglas Ross that she could not properly conduct a referendum campaign while being in charge of the recovery from coronavirus.
'Nicola Sturgeon has been clear. If she gets a majority, she'll take her eye off the ball for Scotland's recovery, for rebuilding this country from this pandemic and seek to hold another independence referendum,' he said.
In a tense back and forth the 38-year-old, who became Tory leader last year, claimed that even if Boris Johnson was forced to reject a referendum request from an SNP government then Ms Sturgeon would try hold her own 'illegal wildcat referendum'.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Nicola Sturgeon last night faced a grilling from Scottish party leaders over her never-ending focus on independence despite the prospect of a gruelling coronavirus recovery
The SNP leader rejected the accusation, saying: 'No we won't. I've always said that, Douglas.'
'I've said consistently all along, sometimes to criticism from people in my own side of the argument, I would not countenance an illegal referendum - not least because it would not deliver independence and I want Scotland in the fullness of time and due course to become an independent country.'
Ms Sturgeon was also criticised for failing to have answers to 'basic questions' about her plan to tear Scotland out of the UK.
The leaders also clashed on tax policies, with Miss Sturgeon refusing to rule out income tax rises in the next five years despite her manifesto pledge to freeze rates and bands.
Labour leader Anas Sarwar said: 'You can't lead a referendum campaign and lead the recovery at the same time, it is simply not credible.'
In a tense back and forth, the First Minister was warned by the Conservatives leader Douglas Ross that she could not properly conduct a referendum campaign while being in charge of the recovery from coronavirus
Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said: 'I don't want this to be the argument for the next five years, I do want to focus on recovery.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
'Because the people who are waiting an age for mental health treatment I think deserve better than this.
'People that are desperate for a job deserve better than this. The children who have lost out on a lot of education in the last period, and Scottish education plummeting the inter-national ranking, I think we deserve better than all of this. And that is what will happen if we get a Nationalist majority later on this week.
'Because despite Nicola's best intentions, there will be all the different factions of the nationalism movement will argue among themselves for the next five years about the timing,