How Nicola Sturgeon invoked Margaret Thatcher pose as she signed letter demanding IndyRef2

Simon Johnson
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in the Drawing Room in Bute House, Edinburgh, working on the final draft of her Section 30 letter to the Prime Minister - Stuart Nicol Photography

After a week of carefully staged pictures of politicians, Nicola Sturgeon put her feet up last night and penned a letter demanding Theresa May give Scotland a referendum vote.

Two days after Mrs May wrote to Brussels announcing the UK's formal withdrawal from the European Union, Ms Sturgeon took her chance to claim the limelight.

Margaret Thatcher at 10 Downing Street in 1983 Credit: Herbie Knott/REX/Shutterstock

In a pose seemingly reminiscent of Margaret Thatcher on the Downing Street sofa, the First Minister was photographed working on her own important letter - in her case one that could spell the end for the United Kingdom.

The letter represents the formal request from Scotland demanding by the right to hold a second referendum on independence.

Theresa May signs the official letter to Donald Tusk, European Council President, invoking Article 50 Credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images/WPA Pool

This picture was taken in the drawing room in Bute House, in Edinburgh, the official residence of the Scottish First Minister. 

In 1983, Mrs Thatcher struck a similar pose on a settee in Downing Street as she worked on her red boxes.

In the war between the two most powerful women in the land, Nicola Sturgeon's picture opportunity represented the latest salvo.