The future of the Union is our priority, not Brexit. -- Michel Barnier, Italian Parliament, 21 September 2017
Michel Barnier
Posted by Isabelle le 2017-09-23
We agreed on dates. We agreed on organisation. We agreed on priorities for the negotiation (…). We also agreed on how we will structure our talks (…). We agreed that our closest collaborators will start a dialogue on Ireland. We also agreed on the importance of timing for this first phase. -- Michel Barnier, Following the first round of Brexit negotiations with the United Kingdom, 19 June 2017
Michel Barnier
Posted by Isabelle le 2017-06-25
Let me add as a real conclusion a personal note which is also a kind of a personal paradox: I remember that my very first vote, when I was 21, long time ago, last century, in France, was to say "yes" to the accession of the UK. At that time, we had a referendum in France for the accession of the UK, Ireland, Norway and Denmark. And I campaigned at that time for the "yes" for the accession. It was not so easy for a member of the Gaullist party. But I did it. And sincerely, I never regretted that vote. And that is the reason why I regret what is happening now. But let's turn the page together. In mutual respect and find solutions together. -- Michel Barnier, Speech at the Joint Houses of the Oireachtas (Houses of Parliament of Ireland), Dublin, 11 May 2017.
Michel Barnier
Posted by Isabelle le 2017-05-28
The no-deal scenario is not our scenario. We want a deal. We want to succeed by reaching a deal. Succeed with the British, not against them. -- Michel Barnier, The conditions for reaching an agreement in the negotiations with the United Kingdom, 22 March 2017
Michel Barnier
Posted by Isabelle le 2017-03-26