Andrew Neil appeared on Good Morning Britain and said that Nicola Sturgeon’s and the SNP’s majority chances have grown slimmer in recent days. The First Minister, who is due to give evidence at Alex Salmond’s inquiry on Wednesday, has faced calls from the Scottish Tories to resign after they threatened to table a vote of no confidence. Ms Sturgeon is accused of breaking the ministerial code by misleading Parliament over the date in which she found out about Mr Salmond’s sexual harassment claims.
Appearing on Good Morning Britain, Mr Neil said: “My guess but it is only a guess at the moment is that I’m not so sure as I would have been 24-hours ago that Nicola Sturgeon will survive.
“But she will go into the Scottish election in May as the walking wounded.
“And it will likely deny her a Scottish majority in Scottish Parliament and that is a matter of huge constitutional significance.
“Because without an overall majority it will be much harder for her to argue for a second referendum.
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“However, the revelations we’ve had in the past 24-hours raise the possibility that she may not be in her job for much longer.
“If that happens, all bets are off for the SNP in the May election because who takes over?
“Obviously not Alex Salmond, his political career has pretty much come to an end, John Swinney her deputy has been leader but no one thought he was great at it.
“He’s now forced to publish this legal advice, it’s a real problem who will take the leadership.”
Ms Sturgeon stated she first learnt of Mr Salmond’s accusations on April 2, 2018 when she met him at her house.
However, the First Minister claimed she “forgot” about a conversation she had with Mr Salmond’s former chief of staff four days earlier regarding the accusations.
The ministerial code read: “Ministers who knowingly mislead the parliament will be expected to offer their resignation to the First Minister”.