The Scottish First Minister mooted that a hard Brexit could sway public opinion in Britain’s northernmost country in favour of independence – but claimed she was willing to work with the Prime Minister to develop a “compromise solution”.
The SNP leader also hinted that a soft Brexit could persuade Scotland to remain in the UK and keep the possibility of an independence referendum at bay.
The 46-year-old said: “If we’re going to be ignored, if our voice has been completely cast aside, our interests cast aside, then that can happen on anything.
“And we have to ask ourselves in Scotland are we happy to have the direction of our country, the kind of country we want to be determined by a right-wing Conservative government perhaps for the next 20 years, or do we want to take control of our own future.
Sturgeon added that she would look to rip Scotland out of Britain “much quicker” if there was a hard Brexit, as opposed to waiting five or 10 years.
Yet she added: “But let me not get away from this point, I’m putting to Theresa May a compromise solution.”