Michel Barnier

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Brexit Secretary David Davis and EU's Michel Barnier begin negotiating 19 June 2017
Born Michel Bernard Barnier
9 January 1951
La Tronche, France
Children 1
Spouse Isabelle Altmayer
Party Republicans,  European People's Party

Michel Barnier (born 9 January 1951) is a French Republican politician who has been serving as the EU's chief negotiator for Brexit since December 2016, when the European Commission put him in charge of the Preparation and Conduct of the Negotiations with the United Kingdom under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union.[1][2].

Political career

Michel Barnier has served in several French cabinet positions such as Minister of Foreign Affairs 2004–2005, Minister of State for European Affairs 1995–1997, Minister of the Environment and Way of Life 1993-1995. He has served at European level as European Commissioner for Regional Policy 1999–2004 and European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services 2010–2014. He has been Vice President of the European People's Party 2010–2015.

Michel Barnier was appointed Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries in the French government on 18 June 2007, stepping down on 7 June 2009 upon his election as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP). He served as European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services under the presidency of José Manuel Barroso.[3]

Brexit

On 19 June 2017, The Guardian's John Crace wrote:

"First the handshakes and generous expressions of goodwill. Not forgetting the obligatory exchange of gifts: a mountaineering book from David Davis to Michel Barnier, a hiking pole from Barnier to Davis. When you’re heading over a cliff, you need all the help you can get. Davis couldn’t have been more charming. The EU was a magnificent institution, the best of the best, and the UK was keen to have the very closest links possible.

"Just as it looked as if Davis might be about to have a change of heart and beg Barnier to let us stay after all, the bell rang for the start of the negotiations. The two teams headed off behind closed doors, with Davis exuding all the confidence of a non-league manager up against Barcelona. Several hours later he emerged for the press conference looking decidedly frazzled. His face was hot and sweaty and his hair was a mess. Lucky he’s still got plenty more to pull out.

"Michel Barnier, though, appeared remarkably unbothered. The talks had been constructive. He had laid out the EU’s demands on the timetable for the talks and Britain had caved in to all of them. Things couldn’t have got off to a better start."[4]

 

Event Participated in

EventDateLocation(s)
Bilderberg/20068 June 2006 - 11 June 2006Ottawa
Canada
 

Related Document

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Document:England prepares to leave the worldArticle4 November 2016Neal Ascherson"If you believe you are a citizen of the world you are a citizen of nowhere." Mrs May will pass into folklore with that line, just as Mrs Thatcher is remembered for "There is no such thing as society."


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