No Deal has momentum, EU redlines harden.

Although the Prime Minister revealed the UK negotiating team is about to work constructively to see if a deal can be reached, Prof John Ryan from Brexit Partners forecast states, Britain will not give in to demands. 
Talking to RT UK, Prof Ryan said: “I don’t think either is going to blink first, because I have always been of the opinion that the Government’s main idea would be to go out on WTO principles that mean a no-deal Brexit. 
“That would call into question one significant issue, which could be Northern Ireland. The Withdrawal Agreement loses its impact and so the protocol there won’t be in position, and we’d have a hard border. They’ve been hardline.” EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier is believed to have launched an attempt to convince EU member countries to tone down their needs but has not succeeded up to now. 

Prof Ryan continued: “Barnier has tried to get them to lighten their demands somewhat but member states and other institutions, such as the European Parliament, have been saying, ‘no, we are going to stick by this’. “So in the present time, we are at the point where we’re likely to proceed towards October that we are likely to find some inkling of some compromises possibly. 

“But the two sides are still addressing COVID-19, the EU has other issues to address in terms of their budgetary talks which are a bit stalled right now. It does not seem like anyone will blink at this stage.” 
Mr Johnson on Monday spoke with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Council President Michel Barnier and European Parlament President David Sassoli. Speaking during a phone call, Mr Johnson said: “I don’t think we are that far apart. “However, what we need to see now is a bit of oomph from the discussions.” We see no reason why you shouldn’t get this completed in July.” 
In a joint statement, London and Brussels “welcomed the constructive talks on the future relationship that had happened”. “The parties agreed nevertheless that fresh momentum was demanded,” they added. But a spokesman for the Institute for Government told Sky News, Brussels knows that it would be difficult to come to a comprehensive agreement. 

He explained: “I surely do not want to see it going on before the Autumn/Winter as I think perhaps in Brussels they would like. I really don’t see any point in that, so let’s do it.” European Council President Charles Michel, who joined Mrs von der Leyen on the telephone along with European Parliament President David-Maria Sassoli, stated a “broad and challenging arrangement” was “in our mutual interest”.

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