Nicola Sturgeon has invited Boris Johnson to satisfy her to debate their COVID restoration plans.
The Scottish first minister invited the prime minister to her official Edinburgh residence, Bute Home, throughout his go to to Scotland this week.
She mentioned it will be “their first alternative to satisfy in particular person for some time”.
Ms Sturgeon acknowledged the 2 leaders “differ politically”, however mentioned the Scottish and UK governments “should work collectively the place we will”.
The 2 have taken totally different approaches to COVID-19 restrictions and have usually been seen at odds with each other, with the devolved governments answerable for their well being providers.
They’ve normally taken the identical selections finally, however usually with totally different timings.
In a letter to Mr Johnson, the primary minister mentioned his journey north “would possibly supply us a possibility to satisfy in particular person in Edinburgh for a dialogue on the present COVID scenario and our respective plans for restoration”.
She mentioned the talks would focus “clearly on the areas the place it will be significant that our authorities work collectively”.
Virtually all authorized restrictions in England had been lifted on 19 July however Ms Sturgeon has but to verify if the identical can occur in Scotland from 9 August.
She has additionally warned using face coverings in Scotland in locations comparable to retailers and public transport will probably stay in place for some time.
In England, the regulation making face coverings necessary was lifted on 19 July, though persons are anticipated to put on them in crowded and enclosed areas comparable to public transport.
Companies, together with transport operators, can ask their workers and clients to put on face masks.
Scotland has mentioned as restrictions are eased, private accountability, good observe and knowledgeable judgement will likely be emphasised.