The challenge posed by Britain leaving the EU gave the European Commission an opportunity to embed its values and its members’ interests.
Former PM made ‘huge mistake’, says Michel Barnier – who backs Labour plan for post-Brexit veterinary deal.
Brexit and the ‘Merkel myth’ 27/10/2023
Drawing on their recent article, Tim Bale and Karl Pike explore the consequences of the ‘Merkel myth’ for Brexit – the notion that the key to UK withdrawal lay with Angela Merkel.
Brussels’ former Brexit chief urges collaboration on shared challenges and reflects on tumultuous talks.
Seven years on, I still believe Britain’s divorce from the EU is a negative — but we will spend more time thinking about future member states than former ones, writes Michel Barnier.
Almost 50% decline shows need for veterinary deal to ease ‘red tape mountain’, says Labour.
Economic hardship and war have not pushed Europe’s nations apart, but closer together.
The chief Brexit negotiator for Brussels said he would like the two sides to work together to build a new partnership.
"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.
Promise of Brexit as ‘magic door for the sunlit uplands’ was an illusion, says Michel Barnier [5 mins] 29/01/2023
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.
The Brexit nobody voted for 24/01/2023
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.
EU's former negotiator Michel Barnier: 'No-one can be surprised' Brexit contributed to fuel crisis 28/09/2021
"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.