First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and her Welsh Counterpart Mark Drakeford have today written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson calling for greater clarity and substance around a proposed four-nations Covid recovery summit currently scheduled for Thursday this week.
The full text of the letter is below:
Dear Prime Minister,
We are writing about the proposed 4-nations summit on Covid recovery, which you have suggested should take place this Thursday afternoon.
We are both deeply committed to taking part in such a summit and to working appropriately together on Covid Recovery – but, as we are sure you do, we want the meeting to be a meaningful discussion with substantive outcomes, and not just a PR exercise.
Our view is that this will be best achieved if further detailed preparation is done in advance.
In particular, we would propose early discussion to reach agreement on the following –
A detailed agenda. Your office sent a very rough proposed agenda only yesterday morning and our view is that further work is needed to agree key issues for discussion and any supporting papers to be prepared;
What outcomes/further process we are seeking to achieve as a result of the summit discussion.
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, and avoid the risk of it being just a PR or box-ticking exercise. We are sure that is what we all want.
We are copying this letter to Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill.