Nicola Sturgeon has been accused of ‘going full Donald Trump’ in an epic Twitter spat with the Tories over Scottish independence.
The SNP leader sparked the row by lashing out at suggestions Theresa May will rein in her demand for a second referendum by spring 2019.
Reports had said the PM might hold back an independence vote until the SNP win an outright majority in the Scottish Parliament.
Ms Sturgeon snapped back by comparing her mandate to the Tories’ in the general election.
“Trading mandates does not put PM on strong ground,” she wrote.
“The PM is not yet elected by anyone.”
That prompted a blunt response from Scottish Conservatives leader Ruth Davidson.
The Tory chief tweeted: “Responding to anonymous tittle-tattle by trading mandates over twitter? Goodness. Someone’s gone the full Donald Trump.”
Donald Trump has repeatedly argued on Twitter about his mandate in the US election – where he won the electoral college but won fewer overall votes than Hillary Clinton.
The episode came as the war of words escalated over an independence referendum between Ms Sturgeon and Downing Street.
Theresa May has not ruled out granting Scotland permission to hold a second vote on breaking ties with the UK.
But she looks set to delay the timing beyond spring 2019 – meaning Scots would vote after Brexit has already happened.
The angry First Minister warned there must be “no strings attached, no blocking mechanisms and no Downing Street diktat”.
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She added: “It should be up to the Scottish Parliament to determine the referendum’s timing, franchise and the question, which of course will be open to independent scrutiny and testing as it was last time.”
Mrs May retaliated by accusing Ms Sturgeon of “playing politics”.
The Prime Minister told MPs today: “This is not a moment to play politics or create uncertainty.
“It is a moment to bring our country together to honour the will of the British people and to shape for them a better brighter future and a better Britain.”
She later repeated: “It is important we keep the union of the UK together.
“I don’t want to see anybody doing constitutional game-play with the future of the United Kingdom.”
And mocking the SNP for repeating 2014’s “once-in-a-generation” referendum, she sniped: “It seems a generation now is less than three years!”