French Republican Politician Michel Bernard Barnier Thinks The Brexit Talks Should End Due To Deadlock On The U.K. Exit Bill

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French Republican Politician Michel Bernard Barnier is the European Union’s Chief Negotiator. Barnier is trying to make the Brexit situation tolerable for the EU, and he is not making progress according to The European Union and the U.K. are fighting over how much money Britain should pay the EU. According to Barnier, European leaders should stop the talks because the negotiations are in deadlock mode. European leaders are meeting in Brussels in October, and Barnier thinks future talks about trade relations with the U.K. should stop until the U.K. agrees to the financial settlement.

Sixty-six-year-old Barnier graduated from the ESCP Europe business school in 1972. He was part of various Gaullist ministries in the 1970s before he was elected to the French National Assembly in 1978. Mr. Barnier was a deputy for the Department of Savoie, and in that position, he was a representative for the neo-Gaullists Rally for the Republic (RPR). Barnier was in that position until 1993. Barnier was Secretary of State for European Affairs in 1995, and he was the European Commissioner for Regional Policy in the Prodi Commission for five years. He was Foreign Minister of France until 2005. In 2006, he became the Vice-President of the European People’s Party. In 2010, Barnier was the European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services title, and in 2016 he took the job as chief negotiator for the European Union. His job is to make sure all the terms under article 50 of the EU are part of the Brexit negotiation.

But the Frenchman is putting his foot down now. The U.K. is not agreeing to key withdrawal issues. David Davis, the chief negotiator of the U.K, wants Barnier to loosen some of the restrictions and guidelines that are hampering a clean break from the EU. According to Barnier, he cannot sanction the results of the first phase of the negotiating process. Barnier will not give the European leaders a thumbs-up for phase one because settling the citizen’s rights issue as well as completing a financial agreement and bringing closure on the Northern Ireland issue are still up in the air. Barnier’s recent comments sent the pound sterling into a tailspin against the euro and the U.S. dollar. Mr. Barnier is showing his French attitude and his negotiating ability by not giving in and allowing the U.K. to get everything the country thinks it deserves. Britain will not pay what Barnier and the EU think they should pay, so the Brexit deal is at a standstill right now.


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