Boris Johnson will chair a UK-wide covid recovery meeting of ministers from each of the devolved administrations today.

Ministers will meet virtually and are expected to discuss how they can work together to recover from the pandemic.

Following the Senedd and Scottish Parliament elections last month, the Prime Minister wrote to the first ministers of Scotland and Wales and the first minister and deputy first minister of Northern Ireland, inviting them to a high-level meeting.

Mark Drakeford and Nicola Sturgeon had written to the prime minister calling for the talks – originally scheduled for Thursday, May 26 – to be a “meaningful discussion with substantive outcomes”.

The first ministers asked Boris Johnson for more clarity and substance around the proposals after receiving what they called "a very rough plan".

The summit was then postponed with Downing Street saying the Welsh and Scottish governments needed “more time to prepare”.

The UK government and devolved administrations have worked closely together during the pandemic, with dozens of meetings taking place each month.

However, they have often been attended by Michael Gove as opposed to Boris Johnson, with Mark Drakeford previously describing the relationship between his and the prime minister’s offices as ‘fractured’.

Welcoming today’s planned talks, Michael 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.

“We must take the same approach to the difficult challenge of rebuilding our economy and public services from the damaging impact of Covid-19.

"It will not be a quick or easy job, but we will all do better if we face the challenge together.”

The meeting is scheduled to take place early this afternoon, and will also be attended by Rishi Sunak, Michael Gove and the secretaries of state for Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

The first ministers and deputy first ministers of each of the devolved nations are expected to be in attendance.

UK Ministers will share findings of the work done with their devolved counterparts on the the National Economic Recovery Taskforce.

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