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Nicola Sturgeon tests positive for Covid hours after Brexit talks with Michelle O'Neill


The Scottish First Minister announced on Twitter that she had tested positive for Coronavirus and had confirmed she will be self isolating. 

She said: “Unfortunately I’ve tested positive for Covid this evening after experiencing mild symptoms. In line with @scotgov guidance, I’ll work from home over the next few days, and hopefully be back out and about later next week.”

The news comes just hours after she met with Michelle O’Neill, the Vice President of Sinn Fein, to discuss Brexit. 

The two were pictured sitting close together indoors and shaking hands following the meeting.  

The Scottish First Minister also returned from a visit to the United States this week.

The two held talks on “shared areas of interest”, however some noted that both are leaders of political parties whose stated goals are to break up the United Kingdom.

Following the meeting, Ms Sturgeon insisted that the Brexit process had “brought to fore some very fundamental questions” over the system of governance.

She said: “Scotland, and indeed Northern Ireland – we both voted against Brexit but we are both now dealing with the very negative consequences of Brexit.”

“’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. Increasingly, you’re hearing these questions being asked in Wales, as well.

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



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