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Brexit trade deal with EU on the brink of collapse as Brussels 'won't change its stance'

26 May 2020

Boris Johnson has been warned the European Union will not back down from their stance in post-Brexit trade talks, in a move that could trigger the collapse of a deal and cause huge damage. Professor Tim Bale, from Queen Mary University of London, said that while the EU could relent on some aspects of the trade deal, Brussels will not start handing out favourable terms to a country that is no longer a member state. He said: "This is a negotiation - the EU will make concessions in some areas [...] but what it won't compromise on is the principle that you don't get to enjoy most of the benefits of belonging to the EU once you're no longer a member state."

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