COVID-19: Government meeting with devolved administrations to thrash out Christmas COVID rules

Michael Gove will chair a COBRA meeting with devolved administrations later as discussions continue about Christmas rules, according to government sources.

Ministers are trying to agree a UK-wide approach to relaxing COVID-19 restrictions over the festive period with the leaders of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The talks are expected to get under way around 4pm.

If an agreement is reached, Boris Johnson is expected to set out how families might be able to gather over Christmas later this week.

Speaking via videolink at a Downing Street news conference on Monday, the prime minister said Christmas will be “different” than in previous years, declaring: “Tis the season to be jolly, but also the season to be jolly careful.”

Mr Johnson added: “We want to make sure we have a solution for Christmas that everybody can share understand and respect throughout the whole of the UK.”

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