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UK News PM invites devolved leaders to Union summit - as he hails 'Team UK'

02:40  09 may  2021
02:40  09 may  2021 Source:   news.sky.com

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has invited the leaders of the devolved nations to a summit on how " Team UK " can recover from the pandemic. It follows the SNP's fourth Scottish Parliament election win in a row and Labour's win in the Welsh Parliament. A similar invitation to the summit was being sent to Northern Ireland's first minister and deputy first minister, the Mr Johnson said. Mr Drakeford called on the prime minister to "reset relationships" with the devolved administrations, after elections in which politics in Scotland and Wales further diverged from those of England.

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The prime minister has called a summit with the leaders of the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, saying the UK is "best served when we work together".

Boris Johnson wearing a suit and tie: The PM has written to Ms Sturgeon and Mr Drakeford to invite them to talks to 'discuss our shared challenges' © Other The PM has written to Ms Sturgeon and Mr Drakeford to invite them to talks to 'discuss our shared challenges'

Boris Johnson's offer comes after Nicola Sturgeon warned the PM not to block her push for a second Scottish independence referendum.

The SNP leader said Mr Johnson would be "picking a fight with the democratic wishes of the Scottish people" if he tries to block another vote.

Although Ms Sturgeon fell one seat short of an overall majority, pro-independence parties will hold a majority of seats at Holyrood.

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Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner is sacked as party chair and campaign co-ordinator, say Labour sources. Labour also wins the mayoral elections in Greater Manchester, North Tyneside, the Liverpool City Region and West of England. Boris Johnson has written to Nicola Sturgeon and Mark Drakeford to congratulate them on their election victories and invite them to a summit on how " Team UK " can recover from the pandemic. He said the people of the UK are “best served when we work together”. It comes after Ms Sturgeon marked her re-election as Scotland's first minister by declaring there was

In Wales, Labour's Mark Drakeford defied expectations to win a working Senedd majority.

In the wake of his victory, Mr Drakeford called on the PM to "reset relationships" with the nations of the UK.

He urged Mr Johnson to carry out a "serious examination of the way in which we can create the machinery that will allow us to work together in the future".

"Not an approach that thinks flying more Union Jacks at the tops of buildings, but proper, respectful relationships that recognise that sovereignty is now dispersed across four parliaments in which we choose to pool it for common purposes."

Labour's Mark Drakeford, Welsh First Minister speaks following the announcement of results in the Senedd and Police & Crime Commissioner Elections at a sports centre being used as a counting centre in Cardiff, Wales, Britain, May 7, 2021. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden © Thomson Reuters Labour's Mark Drakeford, Welsh First Minister speaks following the announcement of results in the Senedd and Police & Crime Commissioner Elections at a sports centre being used as a counting centre in Cardiff, Wales, Britain, May 7, 2021. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden

The PM has written to Ms Sturgeon and Mr Drakeford to invite them to talks to "discuss our shared challenges" in a bid to work together in what he called "Team UK".

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Mr Johnson will be sending a similar letter to Northern Ireland's first and deputy first ministers.

"I believe passionately that the interests of people across the UK... are best served when we work together," the PM said.

"I would like to invite you to join me, UK government colleagues and others at a summit meeting to discuss our shared challenges and how we can work together in the coming months and years to overcome them.

"We will all have our own perspectives and ideas - and we will not always agree - but I am confident that by learning from each other we will be able to build back better, in the interests of the people we serve."

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson looks on at Jacksons Wharf Marina in Hartlepool following local elections, Britain, May 7, 2021. REUTERS/Lee Smith © Thomson Reuters Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson looks on at Jacksons Wharf Marina in Hartlepool following local elections, Britain, May 7, 2021. REUTERS/Lee Smith

Mr Johnson said the UK needed to "show the same spirit of unity and cooperation that marked our fight against the pandemic" in ensuring the Union recovers from COVID-19.

He said it would be a "difficult journey" and added: "The broad shoulders of the UK have supported jobs and businesses the length and breadth of the country, but we know that economic recovery will be a serious shared responsibility."

Meanwhile, the PM has promised to "look forward" beyond the pandemic and continue to focus on his "levelling up agenda"

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