Sunak heads to Scotland in push for the union

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will begin a two-day trip north of the border, which is expected to include talks with Nicola Sturgeon, on Thursday.

12 January 2023

Rishi Sunak will use a visit to Scotland to highlight the benefits of remaining in the United Kingdom as he seeks to counter Nicola Sturgeon’s push for independence.

The Prime Minister is expected to hold face-to-face talks with the Scottish First Minister during his two-day trip, which begins on Thursday.

Details of the visit have yet to be confirmed, but the Daily Telegraph said it will tie in with the announcement of two new green freeports expected to be near Edinburgh and Inverness.

British-Irish Council Summit
Rishi Sunak and Nicola Sturgeon with Michael Gove at the British-Irish Council Summit in November (PA)

The UK Government’s relationship with Ms Sturgeon’s administration in Scotland has been strained not only by the independence issue but also the potential for Westminster to block Holyrood’s gender recognition laws.

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