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Michel Barnier

EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier walks back to his hotel in Westminster after leaving meetings on Victoria Street, London, during a break in talks as efforts continue to strike a post-Brexit trade deal in October last year - Credit: PA

Michel Barnier

Brexit talks with Britain were plagued by ‘Tory quarrels and low blows’, says Michel Barnier

Britain’s Brexit trade deal with the EU was determined by “quarrels, low blows, [and] multiple betrayals” by self-aggrandizing Tory MPs, Michel Barnier has written in his long-awaited memoirs. The UK’s problem, writes Barnier in The Great Illusion, was that it began negotiations by “talking to themselves,” leading its negotiating team to “underestimate the legal complexity of this divorce, […]
Michel Barnier has launched his own political faction within France's Conservative party, prompting speculation he could be preparing to take over as party leader by the next presidential election - Credit: Marlene Awaad/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Michel Barnier

Michel Barnier launches political group, prompting speculation of 2022 French presidential bid

Michel Barnier has launched his own political faction, fueling speculation he could be preparing to challenge Emmanuel Macron in next year’s presidential elections in France. The EU’s former Brexit negotiator announced on Tuesday that he would be establishing a new political group within the French Conservative party, Les Républicains – mere weeks before his mission in Brussels […]