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UK, EU Seek to Clinch Northern Ireland Brexit Deal by February

  • The Northern Ireland protocol has soured EU-UK relations
  • Sefcovic, Cleverly will meet in Brussels on Thursday
James Cleverly

James Cleverly

Photographer: Toby Melville/AFP/Getty Images

European Union and British officials are seeking to unlock an agreement on their post-Brexit trade relationship by February and put to rest a contentious dispute that’s overshadowed relations since the UK left the bloc three years ago.

The two sides have intensified talks over recent weeks on the so-called Northern Ireland protocol after months of stalemate, according to people familiar with the matter. The mood in London and Brussels is more positive than it has been in a while.