Michel Barnier tapped as EU’s chief Brexit negotiator

31 January 2017 9:55am

27 July 2016. By Mari Eccles.

Michel Barnier has been appointed as the EU’s chief negotiator in Brexit talks, the European Commission has announced.

Barnier previously worked in Brussels as commissioner for the internal market, including financial services. During his stint in that role, he pushed through most of the EU’s post-crisis regulatory overhaul of banks, derivatives and other topics.

Before being sent to Brussels by Nicolas Sarkozy, the former French president, Barnier had held ministerial posts in France ranging from foreign affairs to agriculture and fisheries.

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker today said that he wanted “an experienced politician for this difficult job.”

“Michel is a skilled negotiator with rich experience in major policy areas relevant to the negotiations,” he said in a statement.

Barnier will start work in his new capacity on Oct. 1. He will report to Juncker.

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