Eerste Minister Nicola Sturgeon toets positief vir Covid-19

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tests positive for Covid-19 hours after unmasked face to face talks with Sinn Féin vice president Michelle O’Neill at her official Bute House residence

  • Ms Sturgeon tweeted she had been experiencing mild symptoms this evening
  • She will work from home over the next few days, the Scottish leader added
  • Ms Sturgeon met Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill at Bute House earlier on Friday
  • Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has tested positive for Covidjust hours after she held unmasked face to face talks with Sinn Féin vice president Michelle O’Neill at her official Bute House residence.

    Ms Sturgeon tweeted she had been experiencing mild symptoms on Friday evening.

    She will work from home over the next few days and told followers she would ‘hopefullybe back out and about later next week.

    It is not yet known whether Ms O’Neill has also tested positive.

    Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has tested positive for Covid - just hours after she held face to face talks with Sinn Féin vice president Michelle O'Neill at her official Bute House residence

    Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has tested positive for Covidjust hours after she held face to face talks with Sinn Féin vice president Michelle O’Neill at her official Bute House residence

    Ms Sturgeon tweeted she had been experiencing mild symptoms on Friday evening

    Ms Sturgeon tweeted she had been experiencing mild symptoms on Friday evening

    Die SNP leader and Ms O’Neillwhose party emerged victorious in recent electionsheld talks on ‘shared areas of interestas they both mull how to break up the UK.

    The encounter will cause concern for Boris Johnson, as he now faces separatists in charge of the largest parties in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

    Skotse Tories said the Ms Sturgeon choosing to entertain Sinn Fein showed she would ‘work with anyone so long as they support the break-up of the UK’.

    After the discussions at her Bute House residence, Ms Sturgeonwho wants to hold another independence referendum next yearsaid that the fates of Scotland and Northern Ireland were not necessarily linked.

    But she insisted the Brexit process had ‘brought to the fore some very fundamental questionsover the system of governance.

    ‘Scotland, and indeed Northern Ireland – we both voted against Brexit but we are both now dealing with the very negative consequences of Brexit,’ Me Sturgeon gesê.

    ‘That really brings to the fore that that system of government that’s been at play in the UK for some time now is not serving all of our interests.

    ‘You hear these questions in Scotland, you hear them in Northern Ireland. [object Window], you’re hearing these questions being asked in Wales, ook.

    ‘I don’t think these questions are going to go away.

    Ms O’Neillwhose party has been calling for a referendum on unifying the island of Ireland within five years – gesê: ‘The historic bonds between Scotland and the island of Ireland go back centuries. We enjoy a long & enduring affinity as neighbours and friends.

    ‘Moving forward we will strengthen the bonds that tie us.

    After the discussions at her Bute House residence, Ms Sturgeon - who wants to hold another independence referendum next year - said that the fates of Scotland and Northern Ireland were not necessarily linked

    After the discussions at her Bute House residence, Ms Sturgeonwho wants to hold another independence referendum next yearsaid that the fates of Scotland and Northern Ireland were not necessarily linked

    The encounter will cause concern for Boris Johnson, as he now faces separatists in charge of the largest parties in Scotland and Northern Ireland

    The encounter will cause concern for Boris Johnson, as he now faces separatists in charge of the largest parties in Scotland and Northern Ireland








    The Scottish First Minister said she was ‘not surprisedUS Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi had intervened to warn Mr Johnson against axing the Northern Ireland protocol.

    She told journalists the Democrat had expressed such sentiments when the pair met on a visit to Washington earlier this week.

    Me Sturgeon gesê: ‘I’ve heard her make these comments before and I think they reflect the position of the US administration.

    ‘The importance of maintaining peace on Ireland is more important than anything else, and I think that should be the sentiment that really governs all of the decisions around this.

    ‘It is deeply concerning, and I think deeply reckless, for Boris Johnson’s Government to threaten unilateral action because that could trigger a chain of events that will have a seriously detrimental impact on all of us across the UK.

    Ms O’Neill said people in Northern Ireland want to see the protocol being made to work instead of the ‘uncertainty and instabilitythe UK Government is engaged in.

    ‘The protocol provides us some mitigation against the worst impact of Brexit, the hardest possible Brexit that’s been delivered by Boris Johnson in London and the DUP partners in Belfast,’ het sy aan die PA-nuusagentskap gesê.

    ‘I think that it is really, really important that the protocol is made to work and that all sides are engaged in conversation.

    Scottish Conservative constitution spokesman Donald Cameron criticised Ms Sturgeon for meeting Ms O’Neill.

    Hy het gesê: ‘People across Scotlandincluding those who support independencewill be concerned about Nicola Sturgeon’s eager embrace of Michelle O’Neill and Sinn Fein.

    ‘For many, the party’s associations will be far from the ‘civic nationalismthat Nicola Sturgeon claims to champion, but it seems that the SNP will work with anyone so long as they support the break-up of the UK.

    In a stark message, House speaker Nancy Pelosi branded the PM's threat to axe the protocol 'deeply concerning'

    In a stark message, House speaker Nancy Pelosi branded the PM’s threat to axe the protocol ‘deeply concerning

    The intervention will set alarm bells ringing in Downing Street after months of efforts to convince the White House the protocol is the source of rising sectarian tensions in the province (op die foto)

    The intervention will set alarm bells ringing in Downing Street after months of efforts to convince the White House the protocol is the source of rising sectarian tensions in the province (op die foto)

    Sinn Fein won Stormont elections earlier this month, but no executive has been formed because the DUP will not nominate a deputy first minister unless the protocol is fundamentally overhauled.

    They insist that the rules effectively create a border in the Irish Sea, and separate Northern Ireland from mainland Britain.

    Power-sharing rules in the peace agreement mean that both unionists and republicans must participate in order for the administration to function.

    Hierdie week, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss announced plans to legislate to override parts of the Brexit withdrawal treaty the UK struck with the EU.

    Egter, the government has stopped short of publishing the law and appears to be taking a softer approach to the crisis.

    The EU has said that the wider post-Brexit trade deal could be at risk if Mr Johnson follows through on scrapping the protocola move which he says might be necessary to maintain peace. The PM signed up to the post-Brexit arrangements but says they are being applied too harshly by the EU.