NICOLA Sturgeon was repeatedly asked when she would stand down as First Minister following the Supreme Court judgement blocking indyref2.

Sturgeon held a press conference at the top floor of an Edinburgh hotel overlooking the capital’s castle on Wednesday afternoon.

There were two main issues journalists focused on - how a de-facto independence referendum will work and how legally binding it would be, and what it would take for the FM to stand down from her role as leader of the Scottish Government and of the SNP.

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The FM was probed by multiple journalists, after the main livestream feed cut off on social media, about how long she intends to stick around following the justices' decision.

In response to one question on the ruling, Sturgeon noted that she is a “temporary leader” and immediately cautioned that did not signal her intent to quit.

She told the press conference: “Everybody is temporary in these roles, I’m the leader of a movement that is much bigger than I am.”

The Daily Record then put to the FM if she does fight the next General Election on the single issue of independence and doesn’t reach the required 50% plus one quota, if that would lead to her resignation.

Sturgeon countered: “Look, I am determined as far as I can and for as long as I am able, to progress the cause of independence and to give the people of Scotland the opportunity for independence.

“I will do the job as leader of the SNP for as long as my party wants me to do that, and as First Minister of the country for as long as the country wants me to do that, and I will simply get on with that job, which has many different aspects to but for the purposes of today that includes doing everything I can to get the people of Scotland the choice of independence.”

The Telegraph later pointed out that Alex Salmond quit after losing the independence referendum in 2014 and David Cameron quit after losing the Brexit vote in 2016, and asked the FM again if the de-facto referendum returned a No vote would she resign.

The FM replied that she had no intention of standing down as it is a job she “enjoys”.

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Sturgeon added: “It has many tough days attached to it as will be the case for anybody in this position.

“I do that at the will of my party and of course the electorate of Scotland. It's a job I intend to continue to do for quite some time to come.”

Sturgeon then pointed out it wasn’t too long ago that many Unionist journalists were predicting an “imminent resignation”.

She said: “I think if I'd listened to the predictions a few months ago, I wouldn’t be standing here right now.

“You’re now predicting that I’m still going to be First Minister in 2024.”