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Boris Johnson not expected to attend COBRA meeting with Welsh and Scottish leaders

19 Dec 2021 2 minute read
Mark Drakeford at the four nation summit. Picture by the Welsh Government.

An emergency COBRA meeting this afternoon attended by the First Minister Mark Drakeford will be chaired by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Steve Barclay rather than Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

The talks at 5pm will take place with the leaders of the autonomous nations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

They are pushing for the UK Government to make funds available to their own governments in case stricter lockdown measures need to be announced as the Omicron variant hits the UK.

But Cabinet Office minister Steve Barclay will chair the meeting between the government’s emergency Cobra committee and the leaders of the devolved nations.

According to the Scottish Sun it will be the third meeting with devolved leaders missed by the Prime Minister.

Sounds like no Prime Minister or Chancellor at 5pm Cobra with devolved leader,” said Chris Musson of the Scottish Sun.

“Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Steve Barclay to chair. This is not going to go down well with Scot Gov and Nicola Sturgeon, who are pushing hard for business support to allow further measures.”

The Prime Minister spoke to First Minister Mark Drakeford on Friday on the ongoing threat of Covid 19.

According to No 10 Downing Street they “discussed the shared challenges including the economic disruption caused by Covid and will continue to work together”.

“The Prime Minister invited Welsh Government representatives to continue discussions at a COBR meeting over the weekend with other counterparts from the devolved administrations,” they said.

“The Prime Minister also provided an update on progress of work on a UK wide inquiry into the pandemic next year.”

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2 years ago

We should not be surprised that Boris will be absent, again, why would he attend a meeting with leaders if the devolved Govs, when nobody has invited Peppa Pig.

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
2 years ago

Why trek all the way to London when Johnson can’t be bothered to come downstairs, Sunak and Gove won’t walk down the corridor from their offices and Barclay has less brain than a gnat?

2 years ago
Reply to  Kerry Davies

I am confident that it will be an on-line meeting rather than a physical one! Johnson is afraid he will be told too many home truths!

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
2 years ago

Boris Johnson as a populist hates responsibility and being scrutinised. His attitude towards Wales is well known. Remember the European Championship slight in the House of Commons when he wished England & Scotland well, but omitted Wales. Remember, at every PMQs has scripted notes to remind him about opposition questions , facts & figures. . This was deliberately done to antagonise the Welsh. And if & when he’s interviewed by journalists or opposition MPs at No 10 or the House of Commons, usually speaks with a fixed grin, which then follows a tirade of falsehoods with him mumbling through an… Read more »

Last edited 2 years ago by Y Cymro
Barry Pandy
Barry Pandy
2 years ago

Of course he won’t attend, it’s not like there’s a major public health emergency going on.

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