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


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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