Michel Barnier

Michel Barnier: from Europhile Brexit negotiator to Eurosceptic presidential candidate
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Michel Barnier: from Europhile Brexit negotiator to Eurosceptic presidential candidate

Ex-colleagues ‘stunned’ by former EU hardliner’s pitch to replace Emmanuel Macron as French leader
10 Sep 2021
Barnier blasts Britain’s ‘childish’ Brexit team in tell-all diary
Michel Barnier in London during negotiations in October 2020
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Barnier blasts Britain’s ‘childish’ Brexit team in tell-all diary

EU chief negotiator publishes blow-by-blow account of painstaking negotiations
6 May 2021
What are the odds of getting a Brexit deal?
EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier returns to Brussels after the last round of negotiations in London
In Depth

What are the odds of getting a Brexit deal?

Talks enter 11th-hour phase with likelihood of an agreement hanging in the balance
7 Dec 2020
Michel Barnier quizzed by EU over Brexit deal compromises
Anti-Brexit demonstrators hold placards as EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier walks through central London.
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Michel Barnier quizzed by EU over Brexit deal compromises

Emmanuel Macron leading chorus of ‘nervous’ European leaders
2 Dec 2020
Irish PM predicts Brexit deal success by end of week
Ireland's Prime Minister Micheal Martin arrives to address the Irish nation at Government Buildings in Dublin.
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Irish PM predicts Brexit deal success by end of week

Optimistic prediction comes despite ongoing failure to resolve ‘fundamental differences’ in negotiations
24 Nov 2020
EU leaders demand bloc publishes no-deal Brexit planning
EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier wearing a face mask in London
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EU leaders demand bloc publishes no-deal Brexit planning

Senior diplomats warn EU27 may launch emergency plans if negotiations fail
19 Nov 2020
‘Lack of movement’ on fishing increasing odds of no-deal
EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier walks with members of the EU delegation in London.
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‘Lack of movement’ on fishing increasing odds of no-deal

EU refuses to budge on totemic issue as time ticks away on transition period
9 Nov 2020

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UK ‘brinkmanship’ risks ending chances of Brexit deal
Michel Barnier address the press outside the European Commission building in Brussels
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UK ‘brinkmanship’ risks ending chances of Brexit deal

Government’s down-to-the-wire negotiating strategy dubbed 'a recipe for disaster'
5 Nov 2020
Brexit breakthrough: three phone calls ‘unlock’ talks
Michel Barnier and Lord David Frost pose for a photograph
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Brexit breakthrough: three phone calls ‘unlock’ talks

Michel Barnier says deal is ‘in reach’ following hour-long conversation with UK negotiators
22 Oct 2020
Gove: UK ‘firmness’ with Brussels paying off in Brexit talks
Michael Gove walks to Downing Street after attending a cabinet meeting
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Gove: UK ‘firmness’ with Brussels paying off in Brexit talks

Minister performs ‘U-turn’ at Commons dispatch box following EU concessions
20 Oct 2020
Why the European Union is wargaming for a no-deal Brexit
Emmanuel Macron addresses journalists wearing a black face mask/
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Why the European Union is wargaming for a no-deal Brexit

Sources say leaders in Brussels believe missing the December deadline need not signal end to negotiations
12 Oct 2020
Michel Barnier warns EU against ‘half-baked’ Brexit deal
Michel Barnier address the press outside the European Commission building in Brussels
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Michel Barnier warns EU against ‘half-baked’ Brexit deal

Leaked memo reveals that chief negotiator fears compromise on fishing could weaken bloc’s hand
9 Oct 2020
Is Boris Johnson on the verge of a UK-EU trade deal?
Lord Frost and Michel Barnier at the first round of post-Brexit trade talks in March
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Is Boris Johnson on the verge of a UK-EU trade deal?

Official says PM looks set to make concessions as clock ticks down to agreement deadline
8 Oct 2020
Do Johnson’s Brexit treaty changes make no-deal more likely?
Boris Johnson
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Do Johnson’s Brexit treaty changes make no-deal more likely?

Senior Tories warn PM against ‘watering down’ EU withdrawal treaty - but Downing Street remains ‘bullish’
8 Sep 2020
Johnson’s plan to ‘undermine’ the EU withdrawal agreement
Boris Johnson
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Johnson’s plan to ‘undermine’ the EU withdrawal agreement

Bill to be tabled on Wednesday seeks to row back on treaty signed in January
7 Sep 2020
Brexit latest: ‘serious divergences’ between EU and UK
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Brexit latest: ‘serious divergences’ between EU and UK

Welcome to The Week’s rolling coverage of the next step in EU trade negotiations
5 Mar 2020
Why do Brits in the EU fear being used as bargaining chips?
UK and EU flags
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Why do Brits in the EU fear being used as bargaining chips?

Campaigners say they feel ‘massively downgraded’ as Brexit looms
28 Jan 2020
Is a UK-EU trade deal this year possible?
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Is a UK-EU trade deal this year possible?

As MPs pass the Withdrawal Bill, The Week looks at whether the prime minister’s deadline is realistic
10 Jan 2020
What is the Brexit tunnel?
Tunnel
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What is the Brexit tunnel?

Michel Barnier gives ‘green light’ to begin intensive negotiations with the UK
11 Oct 2019
Brexit: what’s the British Empire got to do with it?
UK and EU flags
In Depth

Brexit: what’s the British Empire got to do with it?

Michel Barnier incurs Brexiteers’ wrath by suggesting the UK’s decision to leave EU was driven by ‘nostalgia’
31 May 2019
Brussels to ‘break up’ Brexit negotiating team
Michel Barnier
In Depth

Brussels to ‘break up’ Brexit negotiating team

Further discussion on May’s withdrawal agreement looks unlikely despite what Tory leader contenders say
30 May 2019
Can EU help the UK out of Brexit mess?
Michel Barnier
In Depth

Can EU help the UK out of Brexit mess?

EU’s chief Brexit negotiator ready to open discussions - if Theresa May is willing to change ‘red lines’
16 Jan 2019
What is Theresa May’s secret Brexit deal?
Theresa May talks to European Council President Donald Tusk in Brussels
In Depth

What is Theresa May’s secret Brexit deal?

Breakthrough in negotiations reported ahead of crucial few days for the PM
5 Nov 2018
Brexit: Michel Barnier says deal ‘90% done’
Michel Barnier, EU, Brexit
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Brexit: Michel Barnier says deal ‘90% done’

EU chief negotiator insists securing an agreement is ‘possible’ - but warns that Irish border may still prove fatal stumbling block
19 Oct 2018
What did Jeremy Corbyn promise the EU on Brexit?
Jeremy Corbyn outside the European Commission
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What did Jeremy Corbyn promise the EU on Brexit?

Brexiteer labels Labour leader ‘useful idiot’ as Tories rebuff opposition’s Brexit advances
28 Sep 2018
Is the UK finally close to agreeing a Brexit deal?
Theresa May at last week's European Council summit
In Depth

Is the UK finally close to agreeing a Brexit deal?

Theresa May beginning critical 48-hour summit with plea to EU leaders
19 Sep 2018
Brexit news in 300 words: from Barnier to new Irish plan
Michel Barnier
In Depth

Brexit news in 300 words: from Barnier to new Irish plan

EU's chief negotiator believes Brexit deal can be struck in next two months
11 Sep 2018
Brexit: what’s on the agenda for marathon talks?
Dominic Raab
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Brexit: what’s on the agenda for marathon talks?

The UK and EU negotiators are going head to head in six-hour standoff in Brussels today
31 Aug 2018
Chances of ‘no deal’ Brexit now 60-40 says Liam Fox
Liam Fox
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Chances of ‘no deal’ Brexit now 60-40 says Liam Fox

International trade secretary blames EU ‘intransigence’ for raising the odds of the UK crashing out without an agreement
6 Aug 2018
Will Dominic Raab take a different approach with the EU?
Dominic Raab gives a speech at the Vote Leave headquarters in 2016
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Will Dominic Raab take a different approach with the EU?

Former lawyer heads to Brussels today for his first round of talks with chief negotiator Michel Barnier
19 Jul 2018
UK facing EU security shutout after Brexit
Britain could be left isolated on security after Brexit
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UK facing EU security shutout after Brexit

GCHQ stresses importance of intelligence sharing as EU delivers wake-up call
20 Jun 2018
Brexit negotiations: who are the EU devils in the detail?
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Brexit negotiations: who are the EU devils in the detail?

In Depth: the formidable EU team hammering out a deal with Britain
12 Jan 2018
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