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

UK Government

The UK Government has published a range of documents outlining the thinking behind common frameworks and progress to date in 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 common frameworks. Links to those reports produced so far are included below. The next report is due to be published in August 2020.

Date Document
16 October 2017 Communique produced by the Joint Ministerial Committee (EU Negotiations) outlining the definition of and 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.

Scottish Parliament

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

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