EU Chief Negotiator Barnier on Trade Talks with Britain “I’m not Going To Allow Myself To Be Fooled”

On the eve of the start of negotiations for a free trade agreement with Britain, chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier discusses the red lines in Brussels and his personal relationship with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Interview Conducted By Markus Becker und Peter Müller
Michel Barnier: "Rather than trying to get closer, we will have to unravel some of what we have built up together over the decades."

Michel Barnier: "Rather than trying to get closer, we will have to unravel some of what we have built up together over the decades."

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A projection on the white cliffs of Dover: Barnier says of Britain's departure from the EU, "I felt hurt personally."

A projection on the white cliffs of Dover: Barnier says of Britain's departure from the EU, "I felt hurt personally."

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