Currently, there are overarching rules from the EU that apply common policy approaches across the UK. For example, in relation to trade and common resources such as air, rivers and seas. Once the UK leaves the EU, there will be some areas where there is still a need for common frameworks and approaches across the UK.

At the Joint Ministerial Committee for European Negotiations in October 2017, Scottish, Welsh and UK Government Ministers agreed a set of principles to develop new frameworks. The UK Government has since been engaging with the devolved administrations on which areas will or will not need common approaches and what these might look like.

Officials from all administrations continue to work together to take forward EU-exit related programmes of work including on frameworks. Recent frameworks engagement has included a number of multilateral discussions on areas where legislative frameworks are envisaged, in whole or in part.

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