Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 4th January 2021.

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The First Minister:

I genuinely do not know what difference there will be between the restrictions north and south of the border later this week. The Deputy First Minister is indicating to me that, as well as the Prime Minister being due to speak at 8 o’clock this evening, the House of Commons is being recalled on Wednesday, so any differences might be less real than they might appear at the moment. However, it is very important that there is an understanding of the rules wherever in the country they apply, and that we encourage maximum compliance with those rules.

I know that there is a sense of fatigue; we all genuinely feel it. However, right at this moment, it is more important than it has been at any time since last spring that we abide by all the restrictions, because lives depend on it.