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Links to additional background information on common frameworks and other useful material are provided below.

SPICe

Date Document
2 February 2018 SPICe research paper discussing the creation of common frameworks between the UK and devolved governments.Common UK Frameworks after Brexit
22 January 2020 SPICe blog: The scrutiny challenge posed by common frameworks
25 June 2020 SPICe blog: Common frameworks: Progress report
8 September 2020 SPICe research paper explaining what common frameworks are and considering why they are necessary and how they are being developed. Also outlines the key principles underpinning common frameworks and some of the challenges they could pose for parliamentary scrutiny.Common Frameworks
18 December 2020 SPICe blog: The United Kingdom Internal Market Act and common frameworks
25 February 2021 SPICe blog: Common frameworks: a report on progress
4 June 2021 SPICe blog: Common Frameworks in the new Parliamentary Session

UK Government

The UK Government has published a range of documents outlining the thinking behind common frameworks and progress towards establishing them.

Schedule 3 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 requires the UK Government to report to the UK Parliament every three months on progress in the development of common frameworks. Links to those reports produced so far are included below.

Date Document
16 October 2017 Communique produced by the Joint Ministerial Committee (EU Negotiations), outlining the principles underpinning common frameworks as agreed by the UK, Scottish and Welsh Governments. JMC (EN) communique on definitions and principles of common frameworks
9 March 2018 Document setting out the UK Government’s provisional assessment of those policy areas in which consistent practices should be maintained in common frameworks following withdrawal from the EU.Frameworks Analysis: Breakdown of areas of EU law that intersect with devolved competence in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
13 November 2018 First European Union (Withdrawal) Act and Common Frameworks statutory report detailing progress on the development of common frameworks.
7 February 2019 Second European Union (Withdrawal) Act and Common Frameworks statutory report detailing progress on the development of common frameworks.
4 April 2019 Revised version of the frameworks analysis document originally published on 9 March 2018.Revised Frameworks Analysis: Breakdown of areas of EU law that intersect with devolved competence in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
16 May 2019 Third European Union (Withdrawal) Act and Common Frameworks statutory report detailing progress on the development of common frameworks.
17 July 2019 Fourth European Union (Withdrawal) Act and Common Frameworks statutory report detailing progress on the development of common frameworks.
24 October 2019 Fifth European Union (Withdrawal) Act and Common Frameworks statutory report detailing progress on the development of common frameworks.
19 March 2020 Sixth European Union (Withdrawal) Act and Common Frameworks statutory report detailing progress on the development of common frameworks.
20 May 2020 Seventh European Union (Withdrawal) Act and Common Frameworks statutory report detailing progress on the development of common frameworks.
24 September 2020 Eighth European Union (Withdrawal) Act and Common Frameworks statutory report detailing progress on the development of common frameworks.
24 September 2020 Further revision of the UK Government’s frameworks analysis document.Frameworks Analysis 2020: Breakdown of areas of EU law that intersect with devolved competence in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
10 December 2020 Ninth European Union (Withdrawal) Act and Common Frameworks statutory report detailing progress on the development of common frameworks.
18 March 2021 Tenth European Union (Withdrawal) Act and Common Frameworks statutory report detailing the progress on the development of common frameworks.
20 May 2021 Eleventh European Union (Withdrawal) Act and Common Frameworks statutory report detailing the progress on the development of common frameworks.

Scottish Parliament

Date Document
25 March 2019 Finance and Constitution Committee report recommending that the Scottish Parliament play an important role in examining common frameworks as they are being developed, agreed and implemented.Finance and Constitution Committee Report on Common Frameworks