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Nicola Sturgeon to host British-Irish Council meeting

Published 17/06/2016

First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness, First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones and Senator Ian Gorst, Chief Minister of the Government of Jersey
First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness, First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones and Senator Ian Gorst, Chief Minister of the Government of Jersey

Political leaders from across the British Isles are to hold talks in Glasgow today.

While the 26th meeting of the British-Irish Council will discuss issues surrounding social inclusion, the summit is being held with less than a week to go until the UK's membership of the European Union is decided.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has repeatedly warned that a vote to quit the EU against the wishes of voters north of the border could spark a second independence referendum.

While polls in Scotland consistently show a majority in favour of remaining in Europe, across the UK several polls have put the Leave campaign ahead.

Ms Sturgeon will host the summit, with politicians from the UK and Irish governments, the devolved administrations from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and leaders from Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man all due to take part.

The British-Irish Council was established in 1999 as part of the devolution process in a bid to promote " positive, practical relationships among the people of the islands and to provide a forum for consultation and co-operation".

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