Nicola Sturgeon calls for urgent talks between UK nations on coronavirus (COVID-19)

Nicola Sturgeon calls for urgent talks between UK nations on coronavirus (COVID-19)

First Minister of the Scottish Government, Nicola Sturgeon, has written to Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, to call for urgent coronavirus (COVID-19) talks between the four nations of the UK.  In her letter, she also states that the ability of the Scottish Government and other devolved administrations to take action against the coronavirus is currently ‘curtailed by a lack of financial levers to deliver economic support’.

The First Minister contends that, during the talks, the four nations should consider three inter-related questions, specifically:

• what further actions may be necessary and whether it is possible to reach a quick early agreement between the four nations, based on recent data?

• what support will be required for affected sectors as the further coronavirus restrictions take an economic toll?

• if the four nations prove unable to reach an agreement on further restrictions and support for affected sectors, what arrangements can be put in place to ensure devolved administrations are not constrained by financial means?

Source: First Minister calls for urgent four nation coronavirus talks

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