Boris Johnson invites Drakeford to ‘meeting to discuss shared challenges’ after big election win

Mark Drakeford and Boris Johnson (OGL v.3).

Boris Johnson has written to Mark Drakeford to a meeting to discuss their shared challenges in tackling the Covid-19 crisis.

The Prime Minister said that he would be writing in similar terms to the First Minister of Scotland, and the First and deputy First Ministers of Northern Ireland.

In the letter, he said that he was looking forward “to working with you in the years ahead in a spirit of collaboration and mutual respect to serve the people of Wales”.

“We both share a belief in the enormous potential of our United Kingdom — both to be a force for good in the world and to be an engine of security and prosperity for its citizens here at home,” he said.

“People across the UK, and in particular, the people of Wales are best served when we work together.”

He added that “you have rightly made COVID recovery a priority”.

“To that end, 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,” Boris Johnson said.

“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.”

‘Awful’

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Boris Johnson added in the letter that the vaccine programme was “Team UK in action, and I recommit the United Kingdom Government to working with the Welsh Government in this cooperative spirit”.

Mark Drakeford, who won a 30 seat mandate a Thursday’s election, has been critical of Boris Johnson’s lack of communication in the past.

The First Minister Mark Drakeford was heard saying “he really, really is awful” following a call with Boris Johnson in a S4C fly-on-the-wall documentary of his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.

He has also accused Boris Johnson and the UK Government of “thinly hidden assaults” on Wales’ ability to make decisions for itself.


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