I am happy to be with you today, here in Natolin [at the College of Europe], at the heart of Poland and of Europe. Vice-Rector, I must say that I feel indebted to your institution since several members of my team, including my deputy Sabine Weyand, graduated from the College of Europe, both from Bruges and from Natolin. So, it is a pleasure to meet all of you, the future graduates, on this special day. -- Michel Barnier, Europe after Brexit, 29 March 2019
Michel Barnier
Posted by Isabelle le 2019-04-28
Most of you studied abroad, thanks to the Erasmus programme, EU-funded research programmes, or simply the free movement of people in the Union. All this probably seems natural to you. That we take it for granted is proof of what we have built together in Europe. But let us not forget that these opportunities for exchange in a united Europe were unthinkable 30 years ago on both sides of the Iron Curtain. -- Michel Barnier, Europe after Brexit, 29 March 2019
Michel Barnier
Posted by Isabelle le 2019-04-28
This unity allowed the 27 to reach a deal with the British government – not against the British government – in November 2018. Our Withdrawal Agreement brings certainty on all the issues where Brexit creates uncertainty. -- Michel Barnier, Europe after Brexit, 29 March 2019
Michel Barnier
Posted by Isabelle le 2019-04-28
Ever since the referendum in 2016, we have been respectful of the UK’s choice. No spirit of revenge. No punishment. Never! -- Michel Barnier, Europe after Brexit, 29 March 2019
Michel Barnier
Posted by Isabelle le 2019-04-28
We must indeed ask ourselves why in 2016, 52 % of the British people voted to leave the European Union. Why so many of the younger generations who are pro-Europeans did not come out to vote? And why Europe was misunderstood and unpopular with an overall majority? -- Michel Barnier, European Policy Centre Breakfast, 1 April 2019
Michel Barnier
Posted by Isabelle le 2019-04-28
Today is no time for regrets. The world is fast outpacing Europe. Europe cannot remain obsessed by the past, when the rest of the world is looking to the future. It’s time to step up. What we do not do for Europe, nobody will do in our place. -- Michel Barnier, European Policy Centre Breakfast, 1 April 2019
Michel Barnier
Posted by Isabelle le 2019-04-28
It is 16 January today. We are only 10 weeks away from the end of March, the moment when the UK has chosen to become a third country. And today, 10 weeks away, the risk of a no deal has never been so high. Our resolution is to avoid such a scenario, but we also have a responsibility. That is why, we are intensifying our efforts on our side to deal with this scenario. -- Michel Barnier, Debate on the UK's withdrawal from the EU, 16 January 2019
Michel Barnier
Posted by Isabelle le 2019-01-27
This compromise brings legal certainty where Brexit creates uncertainty – like in any separation –: - Certainty for citizens – British citizens and the citizens of the 27 other Member States – whose rights will be guaranteed in a lasting way. These guarantees were always our priority – your priority, in particular – and the protection of these rights will remain our priority in all circumstances; - Certainty for the managers of public or private projects, beneficiaries of the European budget – whether they are British (of which there are many) or from the 27 other Member States – whose projects will be maintained thanks to the deal we have; - Certainty and stability for Ireland and Northern Ireland, where the return to a hard border would be avoided thanks to a solution which preserves, on the one hand, the integrity of the United Kingdom and on the other, the Single Market, while respecting what we have committed to respect: the Good Friday (Belfast) Agreement. This is also why, ladies and gentlemen, the backstop which we have agreed with the United Kingdom must remain a backstop and it must remain credible. The backstop must be a backstop; it must be credible. - Certainty for businesses and administrations, which will have a transition period – the legal basis of which I recall is the Withdrawal Agreement – during which they will have the necessary time to adapt. -- Michel Barnier, Debate on the UK's withdrawal from the EU, 16 January 2019
Michel Barnier
Posted by Isabelle le 2019-01-27
Evidemment, ce backstop, nous ne souhaitons pas l'utiliser, comme personne parmi vous ne souhaite utiliser son assurance. -- Michel Barnier, Speech at the European economic and social committee, 23 January 2019
Michel Barnier
Posted by Isabelle le 2019-01-27
I am not here in front of you as a technocrat from Brussels. I was elected from the region of Savoy, France. I will never forget what I learnt during that time from small businesses, farmers, the people on the ground. I have always worked with those people to make progress. -- Michel Barnier, All-Island civic dialogue, 30 April 2018
Michel Barnier
Posted by Isabelle le 2018-05-05
The backstop is not there to change the UK's red lines. It is there because of the UK's red lines. -- Michel Barnier, All-Island civic dialogue, 30 April 2018
Michel Barnier
Posted by Isabelle le 2018-05-05
What makes our European economies strong is the Single Market. The British know this well, since it was the main reason why they joined the EEC in 1972. -- Michel Barnier, Trends Manager of the year 2017, 9 January 2018.
Michel Barnier
Posted by Isabelle le 2018-01-26
The general mood was one of pessimism. They told us that the Union would be divided. They predicted victories for the populists in the Netherlands, France, Austria. They told us that other European countries would definitely follow the British example. Almost a year and a half later none of that has happened. Michel Barnier -- "Obbligati a crescere – l'Europa dopo Brexit", 9 November 2017
Michel Barnier
Posted by Isabelle le 2017-11-25
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