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Brexit warning: UK will be forced to make first move in crunch EU talks and compromise

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The EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier met UK counterpart David Frost in London on Tuesday for emergency talks outside the official round of negotiations in a attempt to break the deadlock in post-Brexit trade talks. Tim Bale, Deputy Director at the UK in a Changing Europe think tank and Professor of Politics at Queen Mary University of London said: “While both sides will wait for the other to blink as the clock ticks down to a no-deal Brexit, the UK could be forced to make its move first.” Bale stated that “Britain is not in a position to be able to absorb the impact of a no-deal Brexit like the EU would be able to, due to an immediate shortage in supplies across a number of lucrative sectors and industries.”

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