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"When the British government negotiate an agreement... do you honour it?" / Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier says he would like to ask Michael Gove about why the UK has "not yet" implemented its Brexit agreements.
It has now been three years since the UK exited Europe, but Michel Barnier, the man who helped broker the divorce for Europe, and the author of a new book ‘My Secret Brexit Diary’ – says there are still lessons to be learned from the whole experience.
When people voted for ‘Leave’ on 23 June 2016, nobody had been told – let alone asked – what Leave meant.
Boris Johnson agreed in the final hours of the Northern Ireland Protocol negotiations that there would be customs declarations on goods exiting Northern Ireland to Britain, despite the fact that just three weeks later he told businesses in the North there would be "no forms, no checks, no barriers of any kind…," according to a detailed new account of the protocol negotiations.
In June 2016, the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. As the EU’s chief negotiator, for four years Michel Barnier had a seat at the table as the two sides thrashed out what ‘Brexit’ would really mean. The result would change Britain and Europe forever.
The UK government’s latest moves to revise the Northern Ireland Protocol ride roughshod over international law and threaten the country’s reputation and relations abroad.
From his days stoking anti-European Union sentiment with exaggerated newspaper stories, to his populist campaign leading Britain out of the bloc and reneging on the post-Brexit trade deal he signed, outgoing U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been the bane of Brussels for all so many years.
The EU’s former Brexit chief negotiator Michel Barnier has said the resignation of Boris Johnson as Conservative Party leader “opens a new page” in UK-EU relations.
The Northern Ireland protocol row shows the similarities between two former imperial powers intent on regaining lost glory.
Johnson and prominent members of his ruling Conservative Party have publicly called for the scrapping or radical overhaul of the Northern Ireland Protocol.
Brexit remains a “lose, lose” situation for both the UK and the European Union, Michel Barnier said, a year on from the trade agreement he helped negotiate.
Michel Barnier spoke about his new book, "My Secret Brexit Diary: a glorious illusion". During the 1600 days of complex and often acrimonious Brexit negotiations, Michel Barnier kept a secret diary. He recorded his private hopes and fears, and gave a blow-by-blow account as the negotiations oscillated between consensus and disagreement, transparency and lies.
Lord Frost told the Conservative conference that the ‘long bad dream’ of our EU membership is over but his is just beginning.
The EU's former chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, says changes the UK wants to make to the Northern Ireland protocol have caused him to lose trust because what is at stake is not goods or trade but peace.
"Nobody can be surprised. The British government decided to leave the EU, to leave the single market, to leave the customs union. That means mechanic consequences."
"Do not blame Brussels for our own country's mistakes and do not be angry at us for telling you the truth. Be angry at the chancers who sold you a lie," he said.
‘Clear link’ between UK’s exit from EU and shortage of truck drivers, says former negotiator
“We negotiated a trade deal and instead of eliminating barriers, they created them," Michel Barnier said.
Boris Johnson vowed Brexit minister would ‘fix’ problem - but peer insists it’s down to more junior departments.
There remains “real incomprehension, in Britain, of the objective, sometimes mechanical consequences of its choices."
Deputy Foreign Editor Colm Ó Mongáin is joined by London Correspondent Sean Whelan on the Brexit vibes in elections in Scotland and England and by Europe Editor Tony Connelly on the latest round of naval gazing off the Jersey coast and his first impressions of Michel Barnier's impressions of the DUP as revealed in his new book.
Dominic Raab "chickened out" of no-deal Brexit after his threats to pull out of talks were met with support from the EU, Michel Barnier states in his new book.
Michel Barnier’s new book (all 541 pages of it) takes a detailed look at the Brexit negotiations from the viewpoint of the EU chief negotiator himself.
Memoirs of negotiations show how Brussels lost trust in Downing Street team.