This is the first in a series of briefings looking at how Brexit is going, 4 months after the end of the transition period. Here we discuss the current state of UK-EU relations: could they improve and could this bring about improvements in the trading relationship?
A troubled start
Since the beginning of the year, UK-EU relations have been fractious, with disputes over a range of issues, from recognition of the EU's ambassador through to vaccine manufacture and the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol. However, whilst the dispute over the Protocol continues (and is the subject of legal action by the EU), both sides have now managed to smooth over their differences on recognition of ambassadors and (to a large extent) on vaccines. This suggests that, although the new relationship has got off to a troubled start, it is still some distance from becoming unworkable.