Game theory says Brexit negotiations are now all about avoiding blame

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2193345-game-theory-says-brexit-negotiations-are-now-all-about-avoiding-blame/

The UK and the EU are continuing Brexit talks because, as game theory suggests, both sides want to avoid being blamed for the fallout, says Petros Sekeris

UK Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker

UK prime minister Theresa May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker are at loggerheads

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The Brexit negotiations have reached a deadlock. The future form of the UK’s border in Ireland remains a huge sticking point, and there are deep divisions in the UK’s House of Commons. Can there be a deal for the UK’s exit from the EU? And if so, when can we expect it? In this context of extreme uncertainty, game theory can help us understand the actors’ actions based on their intentions but also on the rules of the …