Henry McLeish's admission that he would back Scottish independence has made headlines across the country.

The former first minister made the comments during a special episode of The Herald's flagship political podcast, fronted by former BBC Scotland political editor and Herald columnist Brian Taylor.

"I believe that Scotland could be independent tomorrow but Scots have to make a judgement," he said on the podcast.

"They have got to be courageous if they want to take it forward but they have also got to accept the Brexit insanity has made life more complex, more difficult as we move forward as a nation."

The comments make up just part of our exclusive, hour-long special episode of The Brian Taylor Podcast with the former first minister.

McLeish and host Brian Taylor were also joined by SNP President Michael Russell and Tory MSP Donald Cameron.

You can listen to the podcast in full on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts