Despite the late hour, there was little in the way of Brexit negotiations this week. Olly Robbins, the UK Prime Minister’s Europe adviser, was in Brussels for talks with the EU's deputy Brexit negotiator, Sabine Weyand.
There are just six months to go until the UK leaves the European Union, and while negotiators are in Brussels are trying to hammer out the finer details of the Brexit settlement, other developments are also unfolding that will have huge implications for the UK’s post-Brexit trade policy.
It has been a rollercoaster few months laden with speculation on which way the Brexit winds were blowing. Earlier this week was no different. On Monday and Tuesday, diplomats were briefing that a deal was tantalisingly close to being agreed.
There were no official Brexit negotiations this week with all eyes focused on the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham. However, there are just two weeks to go until the next meeting of EU leaders.