This sets out how the UK government and the devolved administrations will co-operate.

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Memorandum of understanding and supplementary agreements
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The memorandum of understanding (MoU) is agreed between the UK government and the devolved administrations. It sets out broad terms for how the 4 governments will work together on matters of mutual interest.

The MoU is not legally binding. It sets out procedures for avoiding and resolving inter-governmental disputes. It also contains overarching agreements (concordats) on:

  • co-ordination of European Union policy issues
  • financial aid to industry
  • international relations.

The MoU applies equally to the UK government and the 3 devolved administrations. It is supplemented by bilateral concordats. These are agreements between individual devolved administrations and specific UK government departments.

The MoU establishes the Joint Ministerial Committee. The committee is a forum for consultation, discussion and dealing with disputes.