Nicola Sturgeon has revealed that talking to former prime minister Theresa May was “soul destroying.”

Speaking to LBC’s Iain Dale at his Edinburgh fringe show, the Scottish first minister said: “Having conversations with Theresa May was pretty soul-destroying and torturous.”

That was her style and by the end of this interview, people might decide that I should have taken some of her advice. She would never depart from a script no matter where you tried to take the conversation.

Boris Johnson does talk a good game,” she went on to add. “He’s one of these guys that talks utter nonsense with complete conviction and confidence.”

I’m a fully paid-up believer in the power of optimism in politics, but there is a line between optimism and delusion and selling something that is not true.

That’s where the Brexit argument has made the mistake - and Boris Johnson in particular.

He shrugs his shoulders quite literally when you talk to him about the consequences of crashing out at the end of October with no deal as if they don’t matter or he can wish them away.

Her comments come after a new poll showed increased support for Scottish independence in the wake of Boris Johnson’s visit to Edinburgh.

Johnson was booed and jeered by protesters at Bute House, and Sturgeon went on to add:

I was aware Boris was about to do that thing that guys sometimes do to women and no doubt, you claim it's chivalrous, sometimes it is chivalrous, other times it's patronising, which is to kind of usher you in and put their arm around your back and I decided I didn't really want that to happen.

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