THE Prime Minister has said the Union flag should take centre stage at the upcoming global climate summit in Glasgow, but First Minister Nicola Sturgeon should not be "anywhere near" it.

The COP26 meeting, which will take place in Scotland's largest city in December 2020, will decide the direction of future international efforts to prevent the climate crisis.

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About 30,000 delegates including world leaders will attend in what is the biggest international summit to be hosted in the UK.

Speaking at the Tory conference over the weekend, Boris Johnson said the Union flag should stand out at any Westminster-funded policies and events.

According to The Sun, the PM told Tories: "I’ll tell you what we’ll do. We make sure - with every policy we pursue, with every investment we make in Scotland, then we put a Union flag on it.

The National: The Prime Minister said Nicola Sturgeon should not be 'anywhere near' the Union flagThe Prime Minister said Nicola Sturgeon should not be 'anywhere near' the Union flag

“For instance, the COP26 climate change summit that’s going to be held ... the leaders of the entire world will come to Glasgow.

"I guess I don’t mind seeing a Saltire or two on that summit, but I want to see a union flag - I don’t want to see Nicola Sturgeon anywhere near it, because the Scottish Nationalist Party didn’t secure that summit in Glasgow, it was the United Kingdom Government.”

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Last week, Johnson drew criticism from Scots after claiming the SNP Government is "incompetent, dissolute" and "reckless".

In his first PMQs appearance he also incorrectly claimed that Scotland has the highest taxes across Europe.