About: Michel Barnier

01-12-2021

French centre-right contenders in final push ahead of presidency choice

Five contenders from France's conservative Republicans party crossed swords in a final debate on Tuesday (30 December) ahead of party members choosing its candidate to take on President Emmanuel Macron in next year's elections.
Elections 24-11-2021

Immigration out of control in France, says presidency hopeful Barnier

Michel Barnier, the former European Union Brexit negotiator and now a challenger for the French presidency, said France had lost control of immigration and that a sense of impunity prevailed.
Elections 27-08-2021

Barnier to run in French presidential centre-right primary

The EU's former chief negotiator on Brexit, Michel Barnier, announced Thursday (26 August) he plans to stand as a right-wing candidate against centrist President Emmanuel Macron in next year's presidential elections, pinpointing limits on immigration as a key policy pledge.
Brexit 28-04-2021

MEPs lament ‘lose-lose’ situation as EU Parliament votes Brexit trade pact

The bruises left by the Brexit process were evident on Tuesday (27 April) even as EU lawmakers endorsed the trade deal that now governs economic relations between the UK and EU, almost five years after the UK voted to leave the bloc.
Elections 01-04-2021

On his last day with the Commission, Barnier says Brexit reality starts hitting

The European Union's former Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, said on Wednesday (31 March) the reality of Britain's decision to leave the bloc was only now being felt, years after the British 2016 referendum on membership.
Politics 26-02-2021

Tweets of the Week: Daft Punk, EUCO, Barnier Farewell

Music masterminds duo is ended, Europe’s vaccine policy needs to be mended and Farewell Mr Barnier, you were totally splendid.
Elections 17-02-2021

Barnier launches political faction, fueling French presidential bid rumours

The European Union's former Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, said on Tuesday (16 February) he was setting up a political faction under the name "Patriot and European", fuelling rumours that he was mulling a possible bid in next year's presidential election.
Elections 29-12-2020

Asked about future, Barnier says he wants to serve France

The European Union's Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said on Tuesday (29 December) he saw himself serving his home country, France, in some capacity following his work on negotiating Britain's exit from the EU.
Brexit 23-12-2020

EU and UK post-Brexit trade deal in sight

The European Union and Britain could agree the terms of a post-Brexit trade deal within hours, European sources said Wednesday (23 December), as negotiators sought to hammer out the last details.
Brexit 23-12-2020

EU rejects UK fish offer but door still open for deal

The EU has rejected the latest UK offer on fishing but is ready to pursue a post-Brexit trade deal even beyond the end of the year, diplomats said on Tuesday (22 December).
Brexit 06-12-2020

EU, Britain attempt breakthrough in Brexit talks

The EU and Britain's chief Brexit negotiators will make a last-ditch bid to break months of deadlock on Sunday (6 December), as trade talks limp back to Brussels, surviving on borrowed time.
Brexit 04-12-2020

Negotiators call in Johnson and von der Leyen to break Brexit impasse

Talks on an EU-UK trade deal will go down to the wire, and to the top, after the two chief negotiators in the talks called in their political masters on Friday (4 December) to decide on whether an agreement can be reached.
Brexit 04-12-2020

Margin for compromise limited as Brexit talks go down to wire

European diplomats warned Thursday (3 December) they have made all the concessions they can in trade talks with Britain, as Downing Street vowed to press ahead with a UK law that could undermine Brussels' remaining trust in London.
Brexit 02-12-2020

Members worry EU will bend as Brexit talks run out of road

EU member states on Tuesday (1 December) warned European negotiators not to lose their nerve in negotiations with Britain, in a rare reproach as post-Brexit talks entered their most delicate phase.
Brexit 27-11-2020

More Brexit brinkmanship as Barnier heads for London

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier travelled to London on Friday (27 November) for face-to-face talks with UK counterpart David Frost with trade talks still deadlocked and both sides once again arguing that the other must compromise in order to reach an agreement.
Brexit 19-11-2020

Post-Brexit talks hit new delay after Barnier official gets COVID-19

Talks on an EU-UK trade deal face a new delay after a senior member of EU negotiator Michel Barnier’s team tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday (19 November).
Brexit 09-11-2020

UK PM Johnson says EU trade deal is ‘there to be done’

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday (8 November) a trade deal with the European Union was "there to be done", suggesting his view that the agreement's broad outline was already "pretty clear" was shared in Brussels.
Brexit 23-10-2020

‘Every day counts’, says Barnier as EU-UK trade talks re-start

"Every day counts," the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier told reporters as he re-started face-to-face negotiations with UK counterpart David Frost in London on Thursday (22 October).
Brexit 22-10-2020

UK-EU Brexit talks restart with just weeks to seal deal

Britain and the European Union will resume fraught post-Brexit trade talks on Thursday (22 October) after seven days lost to threats and brinkmanship, and with just weeks left to salvage an agreement.
Brexit 19-10-2020

Brexit trade talks back on after Barnier holds out olive branch

In a significant volte-face on Monday (19 October), EU and UK trade negotiators looked set to return to the table and resume talks on a post-Brexit trade deal, only a day after both sides appeared on the brink of abandoning the effort.
Brexit 19-10-2020

UK says door remains ‘ajar’ for post-Brexit trade deal

Britain still wants to reach a post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union despite the current deadlock, a senior government minister insisted ahead of fresh talks Monday (19 October).
Brexit 15-10-2020

Brexit talks’ fate hangs in balance at EU summit

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson declared himself disappointed in the progress of post-Brexit trade talks Wednesday (14 October), but he will wait for news from an EU summit before deciding whether to pull the plug.
Brexit 14-09-2020

EU warns Britain its international credibility is at stake

European Council chief Charles Michel warned Britain Sunday (13 September) its international credibility is at stake, saying it must fulfil its responsibility to implement the Brexit withdrawal agreement.
Brexit 21-08-2020

EU-UK agenda: Brinksmanship to the end

After more than four years of brinksmanship and delay it should surprise no one that the final act of the Brexit process – agreeing on an EU-UK trade deal – will go down to the wire.