Nicola Sturgeon has invited Prime Minister Boris Johnson to Bute House for talks on the current coronavirus situation and recovery plans from the pandemic.
The First Minister wrote to Johnson, who is visiting Scotland later this week, saying although they disagree politically, the UK and Scottish Governments “must work together where we can”.
The letter, which she posted on her Twitter account, read: “I understand you will be in Scotland later this week and thought this might offer us an opportunity to meet in person in Edinburgh for a discussion on the current Covid situation and our respective plans for recovery – focussing, obviously, on the areas where it is important that our governments work together.
“I would be happy to welcome you to Bute House and hereby extend an invitation. If you are suitable, perhaps your Private Office could contact mine to discuss suitable arrangements?”
The Scottish Government has taken a different approach to that adopted by the UK Government in England with respect to how coronavirus has been handled.
While all restrictions have been lifted in England, Sturgeon is still to confirm if this can happen north of the border from August 9 – with a statement due to be made on Tuesday.
She has also warned people in Scotland that the use of face coverings in places such as shops and public transport will most likely remain in place for some time.