Nicola Sturgeon slams speculation about second independence referendum as nonsense

Following her party's poor showing in last week's vote, Sturgeon said she would have to "reflect carefully" on plans for a second referendum.

She said people are "becoming increasingly anxious about the confusion surrounding the UK's position", with Theresa May yet to appoint a negotiating team with a "stable mandate".

"It is clear to me that whilst there seems widespread support for numerous ideas I am arguing, I do not have majority support for becoming leader".

The SNP is to announce its new Westminster group leader later.

"The Tories hard Brexit plan has been rejected and we can not allow the Brexit negotiations to become hostage to the inability of either the Tories or Labour to command a clear majority".

"The prime minister has got to recognize that she asked for a strengthened mandate for a hard Brexit, and voters across the United Kingdom refused to give her that, and she can not simply carry one as if nothing has changed..."

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, whose party boosted its MPs north of the border from one to 13, has urged the UK Government to listen to those who did not vote Tory and pursue "an open Brexit, not a closed one".

"It will not be possible for the United Kingdom to effectively implement the outcome of Brexit negotiations without the co-operation of devolved governments".

An SNP spokesman said: "Scotland and the other devolved administrations must have a seat at the negotiations to leave the European Union - and it's time for the Tories to ditch their plans for a damaging, jobs-destroying extreme Brexit". Snap election is an election in a parliamentary system called when not required usually to capitalize on a unique electoral opportunity.

The Scottish First Minister suggested a UK-wide consensus should be adopted for talks to allow the devolved governments a greater say on the terms of the country's departure from the EU.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (L) leaves after hosting a Cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street in central London on June 12, 2017.

Ian Blackford, Joanna Cherry, Drew Hendry and Tommy Sheppard are all vying to succeed Angus Robertson after he lost his seat in the House of Commons in the general election.

She has insisted she will not be "dictated to by demands for quick headlines" in her decision-making, adding she will instead focus on trying to influence Brexit talks.