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Barnier warns post-Brexit border friction is the new normal

Michel Barnier has warned that many of the new regulatory frictions hampering cross-Channel trade will be impossible to smooth over, as the inevitable consequences of Brexit begin to manifest themselves for businesses across Europe.  The EU’s Brexit negotiator said that some things have “changed for good” as a result of the UK’s policy choices, noting… Continue reading Barnier warns post-Brexit border friction is the new normal

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Barnier warns EU-UK trade talks reach ‘moment of truth’

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier warned on Friday that trade talks with the UK had reached a “moment of truth”, with crucial hours ahead that will determine whether or not there is a deal. Speaking before the European Parliament on Friday morning, Mr Barnier said he believed an agreement was possible but that… Continue reading Barnier warns EU-UK trade talks reach ‘moment of truth’

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Michel Barnier sees ‘narrow’ path to Brexit deal in coming days

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator has said there is a “narrow path” to brokering a trade deal with the UK in the coming days, while warning that success will hinge on achieving breakthroughs in difficult areas, including fishing rights. Michel Barnier told closed-door meetings of national ambassadors and EU parliamentarians on Monday morning that some… Continue reading Michel Barnier sees ‘narrow’ path to Brexit deal in coming days

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Barnier tells EU officials he ‘cannot guarantee’ Brexit trade deal

Michel Barnier warned that he “cannot guarantee” that there will be Brexit trade deal as Brussels considers Wednesday the effective deadline for a deal to be reached. Mr Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, told national ambassadors and MEPs that the main sticking points remained ahead of Boris Johnson’s call for stocktaking with European Commission President… Continue reading Barnier tells EU officials he ‘cannot guarantee’ Brexit trade deal

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Barnier warns next 36 hours crucial in Brexit talks

Michel Barnier, the EU’s main Brexit negotiator, warned that the next 36 hours of trade talks with the UK will be crucial, as he told ambassadors and Members of the European Parliament that the two sides are not had not yet overcome their divisions. Brussels and London are to assess by the end of this… Continue reading Barnier warns next 36 hours crucial in Brexit talks

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Barnier faces pressure from national capitals over Brexit compromises

Michel Barnier will brief EU national governments on Brexit talks on Wednesday morning amid concerns in some capitals that the European Commission is poised to give away too much ground in the endgame of negotiations. One EU diplomat said France and some other member states were becoming “nervous” and would be pressing Mr Barnier “to… Continue reading Barnier faces pressure from national capitals over Brexit compromises

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Barnier heads to London as impasse threatens EU-UK trade deal

The EU and UK will resume face-to-face Brexit trade talks on Saturday with negotiations still deadlocked barely a month before Britain exits the single market. Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, confirmed on Friday that he and his team were no longer in quarantine following a Covid-19-scare and that physical negotiations could resume. However, Mr… Continue reading Barnier heads to London as impasse threatens EU-UK trade deal

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Barnier to signal lack of Brexit breakthrough on key issues

Michel Barnier is set to report on Wednesday that close to two weeks of intensified Brexit talks have yielded progress in crafting an EU-UK trade treaty but no breakthroughs on the main sticking points. The EU’s chief negotiator will brief national ambassadors and European parliamentarians tomorrow after 13 days of meetings in which Mr Barnier… Continue reading Barnier to signal lack of Brexit breakthrough on key issues

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Michel Barnier urges Brexit talks saying deal ‘within reach’

Michel Barnier said on Wednesday that a post-Brexit trade deal with the UK was “within reach” as he acknowledged that compromises would be needed by both sides to salvage the talks.  The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator pledged that he was ready to work “in a very intensive way, day and night” to get a trade… Continue reading Michel Barnier urges Brexit talks saying deal ‘within reach’

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Michel Barnier moves to restart stalled Brexit talks

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, told his UK counterpart on Monday that Brussels is prepared to begin discussing detailed legal treaty texts as the bloc seeks to revive stalled talks over a trade deal.  Mr Barnier said on Twitter that he had spoken to David Frost and that Brussels was ready to “intensify”… Continue reading Michel Barnier moves to restart stalled Brexit talks