PM to chair new 'Council of the Nations' with governments of devolved nationsWatch
VT clarification: This relates to the announcement of a 'Council of the Nations' as described here: https://www.heraldscotland.com/polit...engthen-union/
I'm not sure this is necessarily news, save for that he usually gets Michael Gove (as Levelling Up secretary) or Steve Barclay (as Cabinet Office minister) to chair the meeting, as Johnson usually can't bring himself to meet the first ministers himself.
There are allegations that Johnson is not a details man. He focuses on the bigger picture and the wider impact. That’s probably why he delegates and selects those are considered as detailed and forensic such as Gove, Barclay or Sunak.
Possibly. I'm a bit more cynical (or biased, some might say) and think it's because he doesn't want to treat Sturgeon, Drakeford, Givan and O'Neill as if they're heads of government like his is, so gets a more junior minister to meet with them.
This is a step forward, but there's a lot to do - and much of it is about culture in the DAs themselves and Whitehall too. The UK Government went from being fairly ignorant of devolution and ignoring its impact to being too deferential to the DAs on their own patches.
If there's going to be more devolution within England, then it's a good time to start thinking about what works and what doesn't.
I guess the idea is to be something like the Minsterpräsidentenkonferenz in Germany, where the heads of the state governments and federal government meet together to agree common policies, e.g. on covid regulations.
I'll update the thread title and OP to make clear what this story actually is about.