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

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13 March 2014
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The memorandum of understanding (MoU) is agreed between the UK government and the devolved governments. It sets out broad terms for how the 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 devolved governments. It is supplemented by bilateral concordats.