The Brexit talks move into a critical phase this week as key decision-makers meet in London and Brussels to address some of the most fundamental issues facing both sides.
Michel Barnier, the EU chief negotiator, meets Theresa May and David Davis in London today, before technical talks open in Brussels on a transition deal tomorrow. Then on Wednesday and Thursday, as talks continue in Brussels, the inner Brexit ‘war cabinet' meets to try and hammer out an agreement on what kind of Brexit Britain wants.
But negotiators who had hoped that last December’s showdown over the Ireland border question would buy Britain precious time to find bespoke solutions have been sorely disappointed: political temperatures in London have just risen too far, too fast for that.
As one senior UK negotiator puts it: “This could be the week we find out whether Britain is capable of driving through a Brexit deal, and...