BORIS Johnson has been caught directly "lying" about the First Minister and independence during the Scottish Conservative manifeto launch in Fife on Tuesday.

Johnson used his time on stage to claim that Nicola Sturgeon had said in an earlier interview with Andrew Neil that an independent Scotland would "join the Euro".

Categorically, this did not happen - and Sturgeon did not hold back on making that clear.

The First Minister tweeted "Boris Johnson is lying."

Speaking to the BBC’s Andrew Neil earlier, Sturgeon was asked whether Scotland could join the EU while using the currency of a non-member state.

What she actually told him was: “We would be setting up a central bank, we would be setting up the infrastructure that is required for that, that is part of the discussion we would have about the European Union, but it is not true to say we would have had to have established an independent currency before joining the European Union.”

She added: “We would have a discussion with the EU about the journey an independent Scotland was on in terms of currency, and the accession if Scotland was already out of the EU to the point where we rejoined the EU.

“Scotland faces right now the uncertainty of being ripped out of the EU against our own will. It’s not of our making.

“And we need to plot the best way forward for our country where we are in charge of the decision that we make.”

The Scottish Conservatives have been approached for comment.