New ‘Union Unit’ has met but UK Gov refuses to disclose further details
The UK Government has confirmed that new Union Strategy Committee has met but it has refused to disclose any further details.
The secretive Cabinet committee was established in February as a replacement for the Union Unit which had become embroiled in bitter infighting, losing two of its leaders in two weeks.
The National Scotland has previously requested details from the UK Government about the committee through a Freedom of Information (FOI) request. But the Cabinet Office refused to even confirm or deny if any meetings had taken place.
However, Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, has now confirmed that the committee has met.
When asked by the National Scotland to confirm if the Union Strategy Committee had met, Gove said: “I don’t think we’re allowed to say which Cabinet committees meet at which time, but yes, the Union Strategy Committee has met and there’s also the Union Policy Implementation Committee which has met as well.”
Ministers understood to sit on the committee, include Chancellor Rishi Sunak, Michael Gove, and the Secretaries of State for the devolved nations, including Scottish Secretary Alister Jack. It is understood that Boris Johnson is the chair of the committee.