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MetiNews.Com - Michael Gove will hold a meeting with the leaders of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and England to discuss a unified approach to the festive season celebrations.
Breaking News ! The UK Government is set to discuss a "common approach to Christmas" across the UK in a meeting with all four nations. Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford told a press conference in Cardiff that he had received a letter from Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the start of the week. It advised that he would be receiving an invitation from Michael Gove to a discussion on a common approach to Christmas across the UK. Drakeford said the Welsh Government had attempted to secure that meeting this week but it had not yet taken place. Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford (Image: Getty) Read More Related Articles How to get the latest Scottish news stories sent straight to your inbox with our newsletters Read More Related Articles Scots dog walker has firework thrown at her from passing car in Edinburgh He said the issue of people from areas of the UK with high levels of coronavirus coming into Wales after the country's firebreak lockdown ends on November 9 was a "dilemma". "I hope that the measures that are being taken in England help to bring the virus under control there and help to save lives," Drakeford said. "I have no interest at all in turning this into a competition between Wales and any other part of the United Kingdom. "I have nothing but a positive wish to see those things succeed but what I do want to see is an opportunity to discuss these matters with the UK Government. "The Prime Minister wrote to me at the start of this week and said that I would be receiving an invitation from Michael Gove to a discussion on a common approach to Christmas across the United Kingdom. "We've done our best to try to secure that meeting this week. It hasn't yet been forthcoming.
." Drakeford said that wherever possible, particularly over Christmas, he would like to see "as common an approach as we can craft together". But he added that it would have to recognise that the state of coronavirus and the responses to it "differ from one part of the UK to another".
Santa Claus with a protective face mask is sitting next to the Christmas tree
On Wednesday, a UK Cabinet minister warned that large families could be prevented from meeting at Christmas if coronavirus restrictions were still in place. Environment Secretary George Eustice also suggested that families living in areas under different tier restrictions may not be allowed to meet even in groups of fewer than six.
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Eustice told LBC: "Obviously if we do need to have restrictions in place, and prevent families from coming together in large gatherings, if that's necessary to control the virus, that's what we'll have to do." When asked if families from different tiers would be able to spend Christmas together, he added this was "not provided for currently".
A Downing Street spokesperson said: "The Prime Minister has been clear of his ambition to ensure that people may celebrate Christmas as a family this year. "That's why we have introduced a range of measures in order to control the spread of the virus and reduce the R rate.
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"But as we've said, our best chance of defeating the virus, and getting back to some sort of normal, is if we work together and follow the guidance."
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