Number 10 blames Welsh and Scottish governments for postponing Covid summit


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

A spokesperson for the UK Prime Minister has blamed the Welsh and Scottish governments for having to postpone the four-nations Covid recovery summit that was due to take place on Thursday, calling the decision "disappointing".


On Tuesday, 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."


They also recommended rescheduling the summit for next week: "Further discussion between our officials - leading to the summit taking place on an agreed date, perhaps as early as next week - would allow for a much more meaningful exercise."


In response, a spokesperson on behalf of the UK Government said: "It is disappointing that the Scottish and Welsh governments would prefer to delay this meeting so that they have more time to prepare."


ITV Cymru Political Editor Adrian Masters reports that both parties have yet to schedule a new date for the meeting, but that the UK Government says that it remains committed to "that spirit of cooperation."

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