Andrew Scott, lecturer and former Deputy Dean at London Business School, said it would be a tough first 12 months of negotiations with the Brussels bloc but after then both sides of the table would be “more constructive”.
Prof Scott added the UK would seek more business deals like the one with Nissan, which committed to the North East earlier this year with a £37million investment just months after the car manufacturer claimed it could leave Britain after Brexit.
Prof Scott said: “In the next two years, you’d like to see more and more deals as we saw with Nisaan where you try and provide encouragement for the firms to stay put.
Prof Andrew Scott said the first year of Brexit negotiations would be "brutal"
We’ve got two years of negotiations, I think the first year is going to be brutal
Prof Andrew Scott
“We’ve got two years of negotiations, I think the first year is going to be brutal. You’re going to think ‘wow, I don’t see how a deal can be done’ and as the second year comes along, we’ll start to see something a little bit more constructive from both sides.
“One of the challenges the EU will have is that there’s a lot of member states and there will be very big differences between them as to how to treat the UK.”
Meanwhile, Polish officials have defended Britain and called on the European Union to drop their demand for exit negotiations to finish before the UK can discuss trade with the EU.
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According to a new index, the EU27 countries fall into three groups: hard-core, hard and soft. These are the countries with the highest scores which indicate a fairly strong opposition to Britain’s position
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France has the highest score in the index at 32.5
In the first sign of a break in unity from the Brussels bloc, Poland asked the EU to consider allowing the simultaneous discussion of both a new trade deal and Britain’s divorce from the crumbling European project.
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In return, Polish Eurocrats pushed for the EU to request a firm deal on citizens rights – and for Britain to pay the EU’s £50billion divorce bill.
Despite strong support from Poland’s EU delegation and mixed support from Dutch delegates, the bloc is likely to ignore the request.