Drakeford and Sturgeon to meet Johnson during Covid recovery summit today


Mark Drakeford (Image: Getty Images). Nicola Sturgeon © ScottishPolitico (CC BY-SA 4.0).

United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson will today chair a four-nation coronavirus recovery summit with Mark Drakeford and Nicola Sturgeon after it was postponed last week.


The meeting, which was due to take place last week, was called off after the First Minister Mark Drakeford and his Scottish counterpart Nicola Sturgeon jointly wrote to Boris Johnson asking for a detailed agenda ahead of the meeting in order to ensure a "meaningful discussion with substantive outcomes, and not just a PR exercise."


In the letter, Drakeford and Sturgeon said: "Our view is that this will be best achieved if further detailed preparation is done in advance."


In response, a spokesperson for the UK Prime Minister called the decision "disappointing".


The spokesperson said: "It is disappointing that the Scottish and Welsh governments would prefer to delay this meeting so that they have more time to prepare."


Today's meeting will also be attended by Chancellor Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove, and the Secretary of State for Wales Simon Hart.


Speaking ahead of the summit, Gove said: "I am delighted that the leaders of the devolved administrations all responded positively to the Prime Minister’s invitation to join this important meeting on COVID recovery.


"Throughout the pandemic, we have worked together to stop the spread of the virus and to roll out lifesaving vaccines. Our joint success has shown the world what we can achieve as a United Kingdom."

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