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Boris Johnson Meets Nicola Sturgeon At COP26 Summit

Awkward! Boris Johnson meets Nicola Sturgeon at COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow after the Scottish First Minister claimed the PM has a ‘fragile male ego’

  • Boris Johnson met Nicola Sturgeon and other devolved leaders in Glasgow today
  • Meeting came after Ms Sturgeon accused the PM of having a ‘fragile male ego’
  • She has urged world leaders to act on climate change so history ‘judges us fairly’

By Jack Maidment, Deputy Political Editor and David Wilcock, Whitehall Correspondent For Mailonline

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Boris Johnson and Nicola Sturgeon came face-to-face at the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow today, just days after the First Minister accused the Prime Minister of having a ‘fragile male ego’.

Mr Johnson and Ms Sturgeon greeted each other with an awkward elbow bump at a breakfast reception hosted by the PM and the leaders of the UK’s devolved administrations.

It is the first time the two have met in person since 2019, when the PM made an uncomfortable visit to Ms Sturgeon’s Bute House residence in Edinburgh that attracted protests outside.

The two have been at loggerheads throughout the course of Boris Johnson’s premiership as Ms Sturgeon attempts to take Scotland out of the United Kingdom and he refuses to grant a rerun of the 2014 referendum.

They have also clashed over Brexit and Covid in recent years and months, with the First Minister keen to diverge from the UK Government line and heap pressure on the PM.

They posed today for a rather chilly photograph with Wales First Minister Mark Drakeford, plus Northern Ireland First Minister Paul Givan and his Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill.

Boris Johnson and Nicola Sturgeon met at the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow today just days after she accused him of having a ‘fragile male ego’

Mr Johnson hosted a breakfast reception alongside Ms Sturgeon, Northern Ireland First Minister Paul Givan, Wales First Minister Mark Drakeford and Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill

It is the first time the two have met in person since 2019, when the PM made an uncomfortable visit to Ms Sturgeon’s Bute House residence in Edinburgh (pictured).

Ms Sturgeon used the event today to urge world leaders to take action to tackle climate change to ‘make sure that the eyes of history judge us fairly’.

She had risked further souring relations with Mr Johnson last week after she told Vogue magazine that the PM seemed to have a ‘disinclination’ to meeting with her.

Asked about her working relationship with Mr Johnson, the First Minister told the fashion bible: ‘He tends to delegate most of his interactions with the devolved governments to Michael Gove.

‘That’s fine, Michael Gove and I work together well, but it’s a different approach to his predecessors.’

Asked why she thought this was the case, she said: ‘Maybe it’s just a bit of a fragile male ego. He seems to have a disinclination to be, metaphorically speaking, in the same room as me. It’s odd.’

Mr Johnson brushed off the criticism, insisting that he is ‘always delighted to work with Nicola’.

The PM said the SNP leader had been ‘very helpful in the run-up to COP and I’m sure she will play a very useful role as part of the pan-UK effort’.

Asked why he thought she said he has a ‘fragile male ego’, the Prime Minister replied: ‘Search me, I don’t know.’

Today’s breakfast reception in Glasgow was attended by approximately 40 leaders, including Barbadian prime minister Mia Mottley and Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti.

Following the meeting, Ms Sturgeon said: ‘Glasgow has the opportunity to be a city which helps propel the world into the net zero age.

‘Given our industrial past – an industrial past shared by not all but many of the countries represented here today – we also have a particular responsibility to help lead the world into the net zero age.

‘As leaders here, you have that weight of responsibility on your shoulders.’

She added: ‘Thank you very much for making the effort to be with us here in Glasgow over this very important period – a period I’m sure history will look back on and judge as to whether we faced up to these challenges or not, so let’s make sure that the eyes of history judge us fairly.’