12.59pm update: Wales tears into UK Government
Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford has described dealing with the UK Government over the last few days as “an utterly shambolic experience”.
When asked about the issue of air bridges and border quarantine, Mr Drakeford told a press conference in Cardiff that they were matters for the UK Government because the Welsh Government is not in charge of border security.
“I’ve seen it as our responsibility to put onto the statute book here in Wales the regulations that allow that UK scheme to operate here in Wales,” Mr Drakeford said.
“But dealing with the UK Government over the last few days has been an utterly shambolic experience.
“If ever there was an example of making an announcement first and then trying to work out what you meant by it – that is what we have seen since this announcement was first trailed in the press.
“And day after day we have attempted to get a sensible answer from the UK Government on how they intend to make these changes, which countries they intend to extend the arrangements to, and I just have to say it’s been an impossible experience to follow.”
12.56pm update: Sturgeon speaks out on UK proposals
Nicola Sturgeon said it had been “really quite challenging for Scotland to come to a position” on UK Government proposals to lift quarantine restrictions on those flying into the county from other parts of the world.
She said there were “difficult and complex” decisions to be made, and added: “Just to illustrate the point (on) the shifting sands of the UK Government’s position – the list of countries that they were yesterday demanding that the Scottish Government sign up to, and suggesting we were a barrier to getting an agreement on, is not the same as the list they have shared with us today.”
She said the Scottish Government would need to analyse the proposals “properly and rationally” from both a public health perspective and a legal perspective before coming to their own decision.
The First Minister added: “When so much is at stake, as it is right now, we can’t allow ourselves to be dragged along in the wake of another government’s, to be quite frank, shambolic decision making process.
“So we will take time to properly and rationally consider this before hopefully very soon setting out our own decision.”
12.50pm update: Sturgeon attacks ‘shambolic’ UK Government
Scotland’s First Minster Nicola Sturgeon said the UK Government’s decision-making on air bridges has been “shambolic”.
Speaking during the Scottish Government’s coronavirus briefing, she said: “When so much is at stake as it is right now we can’t allow ourselves to be dragged along in the wake of, to be quite frank about it, another government’s shambolic decision process.”
“We want to welcome visitors again from around the world and we also want to allow our own citizens to travel.
“We also want, if possible for obvious practical reasons, to have alignment on these matters with the rest of the UK.”
She said it has been “really challenging” for Scotland to come to a position on the UK Government proposals with speed.
But she said that it is “very likely” that the Scottish Government will be able to agree the low-risk countries on the air bridge list over the next few days.