Analysis: The EU is gambling on Johnson blinking first

Brexit trade talks are now ‘a game of chicken’ as the December deadline for Britain to leave the bloc looms

19th May, 2020
Analysis: The EU is gambling on Johnson blinking first
Boris Johnson, British prime minister, has ruled out extending the timetable for Brexit talks with the EU, confident that time remains to get the deal he’s looking for

The European Union is betting that the British prime minister Boris Johnson wants a trade deal so much he will compromise to get one. With talks between the two sides locked in a stalemate and the chances of agreement before a key summit in June looking slim, EU officials say they see no reason to change tack.

When Michel Barnier, the EU‘s chief negotiator, warned on Friday that an agreement may be impossible to reach,...

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