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eu chief negotiator michel barnier vows to 'educate' british during brexit talks


eu chief negotiator michel barnier has ramped up the tension over brexit talks after warning he is trying to “educate” the uk about the price of quitting the european union.barnier’s antagonistic tone underlines how the eu is wants to play hardball with the uk as much as a deterrent to other countries contemplating an exit.it comes after a terse round of negotiations between barnier and brexit secretary david davis last week.on the andrew marr show on sunday, davis branded the eu as “silly” for claiming no progress is being made in the brexit negotiations, and also dismissed reports the uk is set to pay a £50billion divorce bill as “nonsense” and “completely wrong”.but barnier’s highly inflammatory comments made to a conference in italy on saturday made clear the men a...






brexit: eu’s barnier braces for baffling brits


by: reuters | brussels | published:march 29, 2017 7:19 am in picture, michel barnier (image source- official twitter account)michel barnier has a dealmaker’s flair for gauging what the other side can accept but as theresa may launches brexit negotiations some eu officials wonder if brussels’ man can really figure out what she wants.that is a nagging question for european union leaders who need the veteran french minister and eu commissioner to best the british premier in a grand bargain that will usher britain out, keep the other 27 member states in and limit the economic harm.“he’s very good at working out what people want, where the landing zones are to get them to agreement,” said one of several people who have worked with barnier and spoke to reuters about the eu’s chi...






eu negotiator michel barnier warns boris johnson 'clock is ticking' on brexit ta


michel barnier, the eu’s chief brexit negotiator, has hit back at boris johnson’s suggestion the uk will not pay any money as it leaves the union.the foreign secretary yesterday accused the brussels of wanting britain to pay an “extortionate” sum and agreed that the eu could “go whistle”.but speaking during a press conference this morning, barnier responded: “i am not hearing any whistling, just a clock ticking.”it has been reported the eu could ask the uk for €60bn, or as much as €100bn, during the negotiations. barnier said while brexit “might be expensive” for the uk, the money was ”simply settling accounts”.“it’s not a ransom. it’s not an exit bill. it’s not a punishment. it’s not a revenge,” he said.the other eu member states argue the uk sho...






eu demands uk turn may’s brexit words into fixed pledges


barnier warns that words need to be translated into concrete progress around the negotiating tablethe european union’s chief brexit negotiator, michel barnier, welcomed the “constructive spirit” of prime minister theresa may’s speech on friday, but warned that her words need to be translated into concrete progress around the negotiating table.while her speech in florence shows “a willingness to move forward,” many of the uk’s positions on brexit are still unclear, barnier said in an emailed statement. on how much britain is prepared to pay as part of the divorce, there is still much to work on, he wrote.“the united kingdom recognises that no member state will have to pay more or receive less because of brexit,” barnier said. “we stand ready to discuss the concrete impli...






uk will not be pressured by eu timetable: davis


davis clashed with eu counterpart michel barnier this week over the brexit divorce billlondon: brexit negotiator david davis on sunday insisted that britain would not be forced into accepting unfavourable terms in the face of european union (eu) criticism that not enough progress had been made.davis clashed with eu counterpart michel barnier this week over the brexit divorce bill, which the bloc has put at €100 billion (dh435 billion), a figure britain rejects.“what he’s [barnier] concerned about is that he’s not getting the answer on money and they’ve set this up to try and create pressure on us,” davis told bbc’s andrew marr show.“i’m not going to allow them to use that time pressure to force us to do x, y or z.”barnier demanded on monday that london start “negotiat...






eu's michel barnier signals slow progress over brexit talks


the european union’s chief brexit negotiator has signalled the uk needs to take talks over exiting the bloc more “seriously” in a sign discussions may hit a wall.michel barnier said on monday he was worried that time was passing without progress on the terms for britain’s departure, a sign the uk’s recent position papers on its preferred terms of separation have not passed muster in brussels.his comments to the media came as barnier and brexit secretary david davis opened the third round of talks on the uk’s exit.barnier’s striking comments suggest they are making slow progress ahead of the uk formally quitting the union at the end of march 2019.  he said:“to be honest i am concerned. time passes quickly. i welcome the uk government’s papers, and we have read them very ...






brexit talks kicked off with the uk and eu giving each other weirdly similar pre


david davis and his eu adversary michel barnier showed they had #moreincommon today when they presented each other with almost matching gifts.as the long-anticipated brexit talks kicked off in brussels, the two men leading the negotiations swapped presents to mark the historic occasion.barnier, the eu’s chief negotiator, presented davis with a hard-carved wooden walking stick from his home town of savoie, in the french alps.the uk brexit secretary gifted barnier a first edition of the mountaineering book regards vers annapurna - signed by marcel ichac, one of the two authors.the mountaineering gifts seem to be inspired by a speech barnier delivered in may, when he talked of the shared love of hiking he has with theresa may – who famously decided to call a snap general election during a...






conor burns, boris johnson's principal private secretary, says michel barnier tw


an mp and senior staffer to boris johnson has claimed a series of tweets to the eu’s chief negotiator questioning him over brexit were the result of a hack.conor burns’ twitter posted two messages to michel barnier, asking how the bill the uk may have to pay to leave the eu was being calculated. they were then deleted after around three hours and burns said he had been hacked.barnier had said britain needed to “get serious” about leaving the eu as the third round of brexit talks, which touched upon issues including the so-called “divorce bill” britain will pay when it leaves the bloc. parliament tv conor burns deleted the tweets and claimed he was hacked pa wire/pa images burns' twitter account had sent messages to michel barnier about the brexit divorce billthe eu...






eu ‘firm’ on citizens’ rights after brexit: negotiator


by: afp | published:march 29, 2017 12:31 pmeu brexit negotiator michel barnier warned london today on the eve of its brexit launch that the bloc would be “firm” on the rights of european citizens living in britain. “#brexit made eu citizens worry about their future in eu27 and uk. eu will be firm on their rights @the3million #citizensfirst,” former french minister barnier tweeted in english.brussels insists that britain’s divorce, including issues such as the rights of more than three million eu nationals in the uk, must be dealt with before any future trade relationship.last week barnier, who was previously a european commissioner, said the amount that the eu says britain must pay before it leaves, and the future of the border in northern ireland, must also be settled.the e...






eu negotiator denies brexit bill ‘punishment’


britain’s brexit minister david davis said his country could simply walk away from the negotiationsbrussels: the eu’s chief brexit negotiator michel barnier insisted wednesday the bloc was not punishing britain as london firmly rejected a reported €100 billion (dh401 billion) brexit bill.barnier warned however against the “illusion” that leaving the european union would be quick or painless, urging britain to start talks as soon as possible after its general election in june.“there is no punishment, there is no brexit bill. the financial settlement is only about settling the accounts,” barnier told a news conference as he unveiled his proposed negotiating mandate for two years of talks.“there is no question of demanding a blank cheque from the united kingdom, that is not a ...






europen union’s michel barnier eyes brexit talks from june 19


by: afp | brussels | published:may 22, 2017 8:06 pm eu ministers warned that talks would be tough as they stood firm on britain’s bill.eu ministers on monday unanimously gave michel barnier the green light to start brexit talks, with the frenchman hoping to sit at the table from june 19 after britain’s general election. barnier said the backing of the remaining 27 countries was a further show of “determination and confidence” in what promise to be two years of bruising negotiations with london. the former european commissioner and french foreign minister also warned his british counterpart david davis against further threats to walk away from the talks if brussels pushes a reported 100-billion-euro (usd 112-billion) divorce bill.“we are ready and well prepared. we have a cle...






eu’s barnier gets green light for brexit talks


negotiations are not expected to begin until mid-june after the british general electionbrussels: eu ministers on monday unanimously gave frenchman michel barnier the green light to start what they warned would be “very difficult” talks with britain over its exit from the bloc.negotiations are not expected to begin until mid-june after the british general election, but the two sides are already at loggerheads over key issues including the cost of britain’s departure.former european commissioner and french foreign minister barnier will conduct negotiations on behalf of the remaining 27 eu member states for the coming two years.he will lock horns with britain’s brexit minister david davis who warned at the weekend that london could walk away from the talks if brussels pushes a report...






eu, uk agree priorities, timing for brexit talks: barnier


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the waugh zone thursday july 13, 2017


it’s theresa may’s first anniversary as prime minister today. but after her dire general election misjudgement, she looks less like a leader than a prisoner of history, her premiership held hostage by her own cabinet, a hung parliament and brussels.may faces two rival countdowns, one on brexit and one on her own leadership, and the only question is which bomb will go off first. and what may sting most for this proud feminist, who last year battled against the odds to see off a field of men, is that the timing triggers on both explosive devices are in the hands of two older men.  rival silver foxes, david davis and michel barnier, are the ones who look in control of events. eu brexit negotiator barnier yesterday ridiculed boris, but his aim was also at the pm when he said “i’m not ...






“we don’t even know who we are negotiating with”


european union chief negotiator for brexit michel barnier looks on during a news conference after a european general affairs ministers meeting in brussels, belgium.london: the eu will force a humiliated theresa may to explain her intentions at a face-to-face meeting in brussels as senior diplomats and politicians warned the hung parliament resulting from the uk election was an “own goal” and a “disaster” that hugely increases the chance of brexit talks breaking down.the result is likely to delay the point at which michel barnier, the eu’s chief negotiator, has someone with whom to negotiate.sources said a meeting of the european council on 22 june was the deadline by which time the eu27 would want to know the prime minister’s plans.guy verhofstadt, the european parliament’s b...






britain seeks “special” eu ties as brexit talks start


by: reuters | brussels | updated: june 19, 2017 3:33 pm officials on both sides play down expectations for what can be achieved in one day. (ap file photo)related newsbrexit secretary david davis arrived in brussels on monday to launch talks he hoped would produce a “new, deep and special partnership” with the eu in the interest of britons and all europeans. beaming as he met the european union’s chief negotiator michel barnier at the eu executive’s berlaymont headquarters, the veteran campaigner for britain to quit the bloc said he aimed for a “positive and constructive” tone in the talks, adding: “there is more that unites us than divides us.”barnier, a former french minister, has voiced impatience in the past that britain has taken nearly a year to open talks. looki...






britain seeks ‘special’ eu ties as brexit talks start


brussels: brexit secretary david davis arrived in brussels on monday to launch talks he hoped would produce a “new, deep and special partnership” with the eu in the interest of britons and all europeans.beaming as he met the european union’s chief negotiator michel barnier at the eu executive’s berlaymont headquarters, the veteran campaigner for britain to quit the bloc said he aimed for a “positive and constructive” tone in the talks, adding: “there is more that unites us than divides us.” barnier, a former french minister, has voiced impatience in the past that britain has taken nearly a year to open talks.looking more sombre than his british counterpart, he said he hoped they could agree a format and timetable on monday.his priority, he said, was to clear up the uncertai...






eu’s brexit negotiator to unveil britain talk plans


by: afp | brussels | published:may 3, 2017 1:10 pm eu leaders met on saturday for the first time as the formal european council of 27 to adopt guidelines for the upcoming brexit negotiations. (source: ap photo)the european union’s chief brexit negotiator michel barnier will unveil recommendations for forthcoming talks with britain, despite increasing rancour over how the split will ultimately unfold. barnier’s comments come four days after leaders of 27 eu nations met–without british prime minister theresa may–and unanimously agreed on a tough overall strategy.they also follow leaks about a disastrous dinner and exchanges involving may and european commission president jean-claude juncker, which has left the former battling to defend her brexit strategy.the row marks a dismal ...






eu's brexit negotiator to unveil plan for britain talks


brussels: the european union's chief brexit negotiator michel barnier will unveil recommendations for forthcoming talks with britain, despite increasing rancour over how the split will ultimately unfold. barnier's comments come four days after leaders of 27 eu nations met -- without british prime minister theresa may -- and unanimously agreed on a tough overall strategy. they also follow leaks about a disastrous dinner and exchanges involving may and european commission president jean-claude juncker, which has left the former battling to defend her brexit strategy. the row marks a dismal start to the process, although formal negotiations will not begin until after britain's election on june 8, in which may is expecting to return to office with a stronger mandate. the high stakes for the...






brexit: eu legislators tell uk on brexit: no parallel talks


brussels: european union lawmakers on wednesday threw their weight behind the chief eu negotiator for the divorce proceedings with britain, backing his call for phased negotiations _ against the wishes of london _ and demanding britain pay billions in commitments that the eu thinks it is owed. the european parliament, which has veto power at the end of the two-year negotiations, set out a tough negotiation for london. the lawmakers voted 516-133 for the resolution, with 50 abstentions. eu chief negotiator michel barnier called parallel talks on britain's exit from the eu and a future trade relationship ``a very risky approach'' that he is bent on avoiding. barnier told eu legislators in strasbourg, france, that ``to succeed, we need on the contrary to devote the first phase of negotiati...






eu's brexit plans unchanged by uk vote: spokesman


brussels: the european union will stick to a timetable for preparing to launch brexit negotiations with britain, despite theresa may calling for a snap general election on june 8, an eu spokesman said on tuesday. "the uk elections do not change our eu27 plans," preben aamann, a spokesman for european council president donald tusk, said in a statement after tusk spoke to prime minister may. tusk will chair a summit of the other 27 eu national leaders in brussels on april 29, where he expects them to agree negotiating guidelines he has proposed. on may 22, aamann added, governments should agree the directives that eu chief negotiator michel barnier needs in order to launch the formal talks. barnier has said he expects full negotiations to start in early june, although it remains unclear wh..






eu nations set tough negotiating mandate for brexit talks


by: ap | brussels | published:may 22, 2017 9:07 pm eu ministers built on the strong stance which was reached unanimously at an eu summit last month, and further tightened the legal wording in the mandate for brexit negotiator michel barnier.the 27 european union nations handling britain’s exit from the bloc set a tough negotiating mandate for the talks, the eu’s chief negotiator said monday, stressing that the discussions would be tension-filled. the talks will quickly center on the tens of billions in costs london would be expected to pay for the divorce. eu ministers built on the strong stance which was reached unanimously at an eu summit last month, and further tightened the legal wording in the mandate for brexit negotiator michel barnier.the 27 ministers said in a statement b...






at a glance: the eu’s brexit negotiating plan


the mandate grants eu brexit point-man michel barnier a remit to discuss the most pressing issues surrounding britain’s exit






monsieur brexit: eu’s barnier braces for baffling brits


brussels: michel barnier has a dealmaker’s flair for gauging what the other side can accept but as theresa may prepares to launch brexit negotiations some eu officials wonder if brussels’ man can really figure out what she wants.that is a nagging question for european union leaders who need the veteran french minister and eu commissioner to best the british premier in a grand bargain that will usher britain out, keep the other 27 member states in and limit the economic harm.“he’s very good at working out what people want, where the landing zones are to get them to agreement,” said one of several people who have worked with barnier and spoke to reuters about the eu’s chief brexit negotiator. “he reads a room very well.” yet some eu officials wonder if he might be “too french” or “too europe






the waugh zone monday june 19, 2017


david davis has set off for the start of the brexit talks and he’s in bullish mood. an official uk government press release last night had a line that shrugged off talk from the continent of us somehow going back on last year’s eu referendum decision: “despite european leaders’ attempts to leave open the possibility of the u.k. remaining in the eu, mr. davis will make it clear that he is determined to achieve a brexit deal that works for the whole of the u.k.”but as the eu negotiatior michel barnier gets set to battle it out, brussels is just as bullish. “clearly the brits are not ready yet and it’s a pity,” a senior commission official tells politico. “everybody has sympathy for [may] now because she put herself in an impossible situation … where she is now, nobody can...






theresa may and jeremy corbyn face off on election day


the prospect of a hung parliament will throw serious doubt over brexit negotiations, due to begin in earnest in just 11 days.the eu's chief brexit negotiator michel barnier has set june 19 as his favoured date for the start of talks, due to last around 14-18 months.but brussels officials have indicated that the date is not set in stone, meaning it could be delayed to take account of any change in the uk government.what cannot easily be delayed, however, is the date of britain's departure from the eu, which is due to take place exactly two years after the triggering of the article 50 brexit process on march 29 2019, whether or not a withdrawal deal has been reached.protracted negotiations over the formation of a new government - or even a second general election in 2017 - could pu...






the latest: uk official looking for ‘positive’ brexit talks


brussels — the latest on brexit negotiations (all times local):11:15 a.m.u.k. negotiator david davis says that britain has gone into brexit negotiations looking for a “positive and constructive tone” to deal with the myriad issues dividing both sides.reflecting on britain’s longtime eu membership, davis says that “there is more that unites us than divides us” despite the june 23, 2016 referendum in which britain decided to break away from the 27 other member nations.eu negotiator michel barnier said the negotiations which should lead to a breakup by march 2019 “must first tackle the uncertainties caused by brexit — first for citizens, but also for the beneficiaries of the eu policies and for the impact on borders, in particular ireland.”___10:20 a.m.the head of the bigges...






the waugh zone friday july 7, 2017


brexit means brexit, but does brexit mean business? various umbrella groups meet david davis at his shared country house of chevening in kent today to thrash out their concerns about how exactly they will trade once the uk has quit the eu. the cbi, iod, eef, fsb and any other acronymed business group will lobby dd, along with big name chief execs.last night, the cbi got its message out first, demanding the uk should stay in the single market and a customs union in a transition stage, after we leave in 2019 and until a final brexit deal is sorted. “the prospect of multiple cliff edges – in tariffs, red tape and regulation - is already casting a long shadow over business decisions.” that came as the eu’s michel barnier warned that “frictionless” trade outside the customs union wa...






at a glance: the eu’s brexit negotiating plan


the mandate grants eu brexit point-man michel barnier a remit to discuss the most pressing issues surrounding britain’s exitcitizens’ rights:a top priority is ensuring there will be effective guarantees that the rights of some 5 million people — around 3 million eu citizens living in britain plus 2 million britons in europe — will be protected after brexit.the citizens face massive uncertainty on health benefits, pensions, taxes, employment and education.the agreement will aim to define who they are, what kind of rights should be protected, and guarantee that any qualifications they have like diplomas and certificates are recognised by all parties after the divorce.money matters:britain’s financial obligations, expected to amount to at least 60 billion euros ($64 billion), must a...






pressure group calls on may to guarantee citizens’ rights after brexit


british in europe coalition have written to prime minister seeking assurances over rights of britons on the continent and eu citizens in the ukcampaigners for eu citizens have written to theresa may demanding a lifetime guarantee of existing rights after brexit to “break the deadlock” in talks.in a strongly worded letter, british in europe warns may that if she jeopardises the rights of british nationals settled in the bloc, negotiations will hit the buffers.“if michel barnier, the european parliament and the eu 27 member states see that the uk government is willing to throw us, our rights, our livelihoods and our children under the brexit bus, they will have no confidence that it will recognise and protect the rights of the 3 million or any other post-brexit obligations in the futur...






brexit talks face ‘very big gap’ as new round begins


by: afp | brussels | published:august 28, 2017 6:23 pm barnier meets his british counterpart david davis late afternoon for a first exchange, followed by three days of talks and a joint press conference. (source: reuters)related newsbritain and the eu kick off a third round of brexit talks on monday still sharply divided over what comes first — london’s future relationship with the bloc or the costly divorce settlement. the european union says there has to be “sufficient progress” in three key areas — eu citizen rights, northern ireland’s border and the exit bill — before it will turn to post-brexit arrangements, possibly beginning in october.britain says the two strands should be negotiated in parallel, arguing that progress on a free trade deal may even help resolve o...






eu legislators tell uk on brexit: no parallel talks


brussels –  european union lawmakers on wednesday threw their weight behind the chief eu negotiator for the divorce proceedings with britain, backing his call for phased negotiations — against the wishes of london — and demanding britain pay billions in commitments that the eu thinks it is owed.the european parliament, which has veto power at the end of the two-year negotiations, set out a tough negotiation for london. the lawmakers voted 516-133 for the resolution, with 50 abstentions.eu chief negotiator michel barnier called parallel talks on britain's exit from the eu and a future trade relationship "a very risky approach" that he is bent on avoiding.top eu brexit official says brexit would stun churchillbarnier told eu legislators in strasbourg, france, that "to succeed, we ...






eu parliament adopts brexit ‘red lines’


the parliament, which will have the final say on any brexit deal, became the first eu body to take a formal stand on the talksstrasbourg, france: the european parliament on wednesday overwhelmingly adopted its “red lines” for tough brexit negotiations, insisting britain first agree divorce terms before striking a new trade deal.the parliament, which will have the final say on any brexit deal, became the first eu body to take a formal stand on the talks, just a week after british prime minister theresa may formally triggered the process for leaving the bloc.the vote was 516 for, 133 against and 50 abstentions.“you will set the tone for britain,” the bloc’s brexit negotiator michel barnier told meps in strasbourg, france, just before the vote.he said the message on phased negotiati...






after shock british vote result, europe ponders the fate of brexit negotiations


paris — across europe, the unexpected results of britain’s snap election immediately called into question the future of the negotiations over the british exit from the european union.with prime minister theresa may, a conservative, failing to secure an absolute majority in parliament — and thus the strong mandate polls had predicted she would win — european officials quickly began speculating whether brexit could now be delayed.“brexit negotiations should start when uk is ready; timetable and eu positions are clear,” said michel barnier, the e.u.’s principal brexit negotiator, in a tweet early friday. “let’s put our minds together on striking a deal.”meanwhile, donald tusk, the president of the european council, urged the british not to drag their feet for too long befo...






after shock british vote result, europe ponders the fate of brexit negotiations


paris — across europe, the unexpected results of britain’s snap election immediately called into question the future of the negotiations over the british exit from the european union. with prime minister theresa may failing to secure an absolute majority in parliament — and thus the strong mandate polls had predicted she would win — european officials quickly began speculating whether brexit could now be delayed. “brexit negotiations should start when uk is ready; timetable and eu positions are clear,” said michel barnier, the e.u.’s principal brexit negotiator, in a tweet early friday. “let’s put our minds together on striking a deal.” meanwhile, donald tusk, the president of the european council, urged the british not to drag their feet for too long before coming back...






britain to urge eu to show ‘imagination’ in brexit talks


by: reuters | london | published:august 27, 2017 8:42 amtop newsbritain will urge the european union on monday to show “imagination” in brexit talks and help focus discussion on future ties rather than on a divorce settlement. brexit minister david davis will call on the eu to be more flexible in its approach at the start of negotiations with the bloc’s chief negotiator michel barnier on monday — the third round of talks which are likely to be largely technical.a government source said britain would point to the papers it has published over the past two weeks on both the future relationship and the divorce to show how officials have been working “diligently to inform the negotiations”.“now, both sides must be flexible and willing to compromise when it comes to solving ar...






bounty hunter who mistakenly targeted phoenix police chief gets probation


closeskip in skipxembedxshare raw video: bounty hunters mistakenly target phoenix police chief's house. brent farley, 43, pleaded guilty wednesday to a felony attempted bail bond agency violation.(p o: maricopa county sheriff's office)the bounty hunter who led a 10-man team in a mistaken blitz on the home of then-phoenix police chief joseph yahner in 2015 was sentenced monday to two years of supervised probation.brent leroy farley, 44, pleaded guilty in november to an attempted bail-bond agency violation, a felony. maricopa county superior court judge sherry stephens dismissed four other counts against farley, including criminal tresp ing and disorderly conduct, as part of the plea agreement.farley, who owns mesa-based nextstar recovery, was arrested after visiting yahner's home in search