Boris Johnson has denied ignoring an official offer from Nicola Sturgeon to sit down for a summit SNP leader during his current tour of Scotland. The Scottish First Minister has publically blasted the Prime Minister for not visiting Bute House to discuss the pandemic and other issues. Pressed by ITV, the Prime Minister brushed off the allegation made by Ms Sturgeon and said he was “always delighted” to meet with the First Minister.
“You have declined an offer to meet the First Minister,” probed the ITV reporter.
Mr Johnson responded: “No, I haven’t.
“I’m always delighted, always, always, always, delighted – and look, we, seriously, we work together.
“The Government of the UK, the Scottish Government at all levels work together on the things that matter to the people of this country.”
He added: “Particularly rolling out vaccinations, and, generally, making sure that we bounce back and build back better from the pandemic, and we are going to continue.”
The Prime Minister also made a point of pressing the rate of vaccinations in Scotland.
“I thank the Scottish Government for what they’ve been doing, a really high rate of vaccination here in Scotland, a really fantastic achievement by the people of Scotland coming forward to get vaccinated – working with them to finish that,” said Mr Johnson.
“But also making sure that we have a very strong economic recovery, and I think the country is well-placed to do that.”
She continued: “I think people will just find that strange and it’s for Boris Johnson to explain.
“That would have been the first opportunity given Covid for us to sit down, appropriately, socially distanced, and have a face-to-face chat.
“I think it would have been a good opportunity, I was getting ready to welcome him to Bute House today.
“There’s lots Boris Johnson and I fundamentally disagree on but we both lead governments that are trying to get through Covid and so there’s a lot for us to cooperate on, so, you know, missed opportunity but that’s on him.”