The European Union wants to be a leader in AI. But to meet this goal, the EU will need to compete with China and the United States in areas such as talent and research. A new report from the Center for Data Innovation shows the EU is already struggling to keep pace. And it will likely fall further behind once the UK, a pillar of the EU’s AI ecosystem, leaves the Union. As Daniel Castro and Michael McLaughlin write for Irish Tech News, the European Union needs a plan to stay competitive in artificial intelligence after Brexit. If the EU fails to maintain close ties with the UK on AI development and does not make policy changes, the gap between the EU and its peers will only widen.