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Work closely with the devolved parliaments and authorities

Last updated: 09:50pm 3 December 2019

We will work closely with the Northern Ireland Executive, the Scottish and Welsh governments, and the new devolved authorities in England, for the benefit of all our people – but that will not be the limit of our actions in the four nations.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.32

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Devolution is the process of decentralisation of powers and administrative functions from central government to states, regions and cities. Most notably, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland were granted devolved status in 1998, and recently received additional powers under the Scotland Act 2016 and the Wales Act 2017. This is a pledge to work closely with these devolved administrations.

Since the general election, the government has promoted talks and set out the legal framework to reinstate the Northern Ireland Executive, a regional government; in Wales, the government brought forward a Northern Wales Growth Deal, and infrastructure investment, including scrapping tolls on the Severn Bridge; in Scotland, the government authorised a Borderlands Growth Deal and promoted wind power in remote islands; throughout the Brexit negotiations, the government worked closely with devolved administrations, reaching agreements on a potential deal with Wales and Northern Ireland; in England, the government has continued to support the adoption of elected mayors for combined authorities.

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