About: Michel Barnier

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.
Brexit 21-08-2020

EU-UK trade talks still deadlocked over fisheries and state aid, says ‘disappointed’ Barnier

Talks on an EU-UK trade agreement continue to make little progress, Michel Barnier warned on Friday (21 August, repeating that a deal remained “unlikely”.
Brexit 28-07-2020

EU’s Barnier believes deal with post-Brexit Britain is possible

The EU's Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier expressed confidence at a closed-door meeting with member state envoys to the bloc last Friday that a new deal with Britain was possible, diplomatic sources have told Reuters.
Brexit 10-07-2020

Step up ‘no deal’ planning, Barnier warns EU firms

The EU’s chief negotiator on future relations with the UK warned EU businesses on Thursday (9 July) to step up their planning for a ‘no deal’ scenario when the UK leaves the Single Market at the end of 2020.
Brexit 11-06-2020

Business leaders warn about ‘no deal’ Brexit as battle lines harden

UK business leaders warned on Thursday (11 June) that they were being led towards a no-deal Brexit that they are ill-prepared for, as both the EU and UK negotiators toughen their stances.
Agrifood 05-06-2020

Brexit no deal could ‘severely disrupt’ agrifood sector

The failure to conclude a trade agreement between the EU and the UK would have serious consequences for the agrifood sector for both parties, according to a joint statement released by major EU agrifood stakeholders on Thursday (4 June).
Brexit 05-06-2020

No breakthrough in Brexit stalemate, admits Barnier

The stalemate on EU-UK trade talks remains unbroken both sides conceded on Friday (5 June), with the EU again accusing London of attempting to back-track on its commitments made in the Withdrawal Agreement that took the UK out of the bloc in January.
Brexit 15-05-2020

EU-UK talks on the brink after both sides blame each other for ‘disappointing’ round

Talks on a post-Brexit trade deal between the EU and the UK appear to be on the brink of collapse after the chief negotiators from the two sides blamed each other on Friday (15 May) r for the ‘stalemate’ at the heart of the talks.
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