Rishi Sunak and Nicola Sturgeon set for first face to face meeting

The respective leaders of Holyrood and Westminster will meet in Blackpool for a meeting of the British-Irish Council.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to meet with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in Blackpool FlickrFlickr

Rishi Sunak is set to meet with Nicola Sturgeon in person for the first time since becoming Prime Minister.

The Conservative leader will meet with Scotland’s First Minister in Blackpool on Thursday.

They will travel to the seaside town to attend a meeting of the British-Irish Council.

The body was established in 1999 with the aim of strengthening inter-government relations and followed the signing of the Good Friday Agreement.

It is made up of representatives from the UK and Irish governments, the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as the governments of the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey.

Sunak’s appearance at the summit will mark the first time a UK Prime Minister has attended since Gordon Brown in 2007.

It will be the first time that Sturgeon has met Sunak in person since he entered Downing Street.

A phone call did take place between the pair after Sunak became Conservative leader in October.

Sunak’s predecessor, Liz Truss, failed to have any talks with Sturgeon during her short term as prime minister.

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