Welcome to the Brussels Edition, Bloomberg’s daily briefing on what matters most in the heart of the European Union.
The EU and the UK are preparing to enter an intense phase of negotiations next week to overcome the long-running dispute over the post-Brexit trading relationship ahead of the anniversary of Northern Ireland’s peace agreement in April. The aim is to move into a negotiating “tunnel” after UK Foreign Minister James Cleverly and Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic take stock of talks on Monday. The EU’s agreement to use the UK’s live database tracking goods moving from Britain to Northern Ireland should pave the way for negotiations on more complex issues, such as checks on agri-food goods, state aid and VAT. Here’s what London and Brussels still need to solve.