Four reasons why Brexit negotiations are harder than you (or the Cabinet) might think
Chris Hanretty

The game theory analysis of point 4 is even more complex: if country A knows that country B (with its hypothetical VW) would like to smooth UK’s path, then country A can use this potential trade agreement veto to extract concessions from B, irrespective of their attitude to the UK. It is very difficult for UK negotiators to understand the dynamics of the 729 potential side games. The other insight from game theory is that if you are going to threaten a veto then you do it as late as possible…

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