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Brexit Talks Sidestep Thorny Issues as Work Starts on Future

  • Negotiators discussed U.K.’s view on ‘level playing field’
  • Topics for future framework include financial services, energy
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Talks between the U.K. and the European Union skirted around the biggest obstacles to a Brexit deal as officials settled on a list of topics to shape negotiations about the future.

Negotiators didn’t cover the Irish border and the U.K.’s post-Brexit customs arrangements in talks over the past days, according to an EU official. Instead, they focused on the two sides’ relationship on security and the extent to which the U.K. will be bound to the EU’s economic model, such as on tax policy and state aid.