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# Michel Barnier
A year into Brexit, Michel Barnier says it’s been a ‘lose-lose’ event
This day last year, a last-minute Brexit trade deal was agreed between the EU and the UK.
# Brexit
Michel Barnier says UK should find a 'clever solution' to row over EU ambassador in London
The EU’s former chief Brexit negotiator was awarded the European of the Year award by EM Ireland today.
# christmas briefing
Michel Barnier briefs EU members on contents of historic Brexit deal
Late haggling over the deal meant it was not concluded until Christmas Eve, days before current trading arrangements expire at the end of December.
# Groundhog Day
Brexit: Taoiseach says 'very significant difficulties' remain as time ticks away
Michel Barnier said earlier: “There is a chance of getting an agreement but the path to such an agreement is very narrow.”
# Getting there
Post-Brexit trade deal talks continue amid reports of progress
European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen reportedly said that talks were “on the very last mile”.
# End game
Brexit trade talks: Boris and Ursula to meet in coming days to discuss final 'significant differences'
Negotiations between the EU and Britain have been continuing in Brussels today.
'Significant differences' remain on the level playing field, fisheries and governance
Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said new problems on fisheries had arisen
The House of Commons votes to reject Lords' amendments to Internal Market Bill, but UK government agrees to 'deactivate' contentious clauses if there is a trade deal
Explainer: Is this the final throw of the dice before a post-Brexit deal is struck?
'At-risk' threshold could make importing goods to Northern Ireland problematic, deal or no deal
# Brexit
'This is the final throw of the dice': Talks on post-Brexit trade deal resume in Brussels
Lord Frost and Michel Barnier are attempting to resolve the remaining issues.
# time is ticking
Boris Johnson remains ‘optimistic’ of post-Brexit trade deal with Brussels
Michel Barnier has briefed EU ambassadors on the negotiations amid little signs of progress as time runs out.
# now or never
Coveney: We've been saying it for a while but THIS is the key week in Brexit talks
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Sunday that there was ‘a deal to be done’.
# Brexit
‘Very serious’ gaps remain between UK and EU positions in trade talks
Time is running short for a deal to be in place before the transition period expires at the end of the year.
# get it done
'Every day counts': Barnier arrives in London to try hammer out Brexit deal
Number 10 has said that it’s “entirely possible that negotiations will not succeed”.
# Endgame
Brexit: EU and UK to kickstart 'intensive' talks on trade deal with deadline looming
The key issues of contention remain fishing rights, the governance of any deal and the “level playing field” aimed at preventing unfair competition.
# clock is ticking
Michel Barnier says Boris Johnson must be willing to compromise too as deal remains 'within reach'
The transition period in which to agree a trade deal between the EU and UK ends on 31 December.
# impasse
EU 'remains available' for talks but Johnson to warn businesses to be ready for no trade deal
The latest impasse over Brexit comes with only 10 weeks left to secure a post-Brexit transition trade deal.
# looming deadline
British government says EU leaders must 'change their position' for talks to continue
The British government has launched a ‘time is running out’ campaign urging businesses to get ready for the end of the transition period on 31 December.
# Brexit
Simon Coveney to meet Michel Barnier in Brussels to discuss 'challenging' Brexit developments
Coveney has said the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator has Ireland’s full support.
# No deal
'Terrible mess': UK and EU at odds as trade talks hang in the balance
The UK has said that it won’t drop measures that would undermine the Withdrawal Agreement.
# Trade
UK calls for ‘more realism’ from Brussels ahead of crunch round of negotiations
Trade talks will resume in London today.
# Explainer
Why is the UK threatening to roll back on the 'Northern Ireland Protocol' and what does it mean for Brexit trade talks?
EU-UK trade talks are set to start up again tomorrow.
# Brexit
UK chief negotiator says government 'not scared' of no-deal exit from EU
David Frost was speaking in an interview with the Mail on Sunday.
# Brexit
Michel Barnier says he will miss Phil Hogan, who he met with weekly as Trade Commissioner
The EU’s Chief negotiator said that the UK side “continues to disappoint” on three main issues in Brexit trade talks.
# Brexit deadlock
Post-Brexit deadlock: EU and UK still can't agree on level-playing field and fisheries
“On State aid, we have made no progress at all,” Michel Barnier said.
# London Calling
Michel Barnier travels to London for face-to-face Brexit talks
Significant differences remain between the EU and the UK.
# The countdown is on
EU and Britain intensify talks on post-Brexit future
The new round of talks in Brussels will be the first to be held face-to-face since the coronavirus shutdown.
# brexit negotiations
UK backtracking on key Brexit commitments, says Michel Barnier
EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier lamented that no progress had been made in the fourth round of post-Brexit trade talks
# Brexit
No Brexit trade deal if Boris Johnson doesn't stick to promises, Michel Barnier warns
Barnier told The Sunday Times there would not be an “agreement at any cost”.
# back at work
Michel Barnier and David Frost agree on three weeks to discuss Brexit trade talks
Both men are back at work after recovering from Covid-19.
# Coronavirus
Michel Barnier confirms he has tested positive for Covid-19
The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator said he is “in good spirits”.
# Brexit
Brexit withdrawal agreement would not have been reached without help from Ireland, says Barnier
Michel Barnier met with Varadkar and Helen McEntee this morning in government buildings.
# Brexit
EU will have upper hand in post-Brexit trade talks, Varadkar warns Johnson
The Taoiseach is meeting with the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier in Dublin this morning.
# Brexit
Creed says Brexit trade deal by end of 2020 is 'wildly beyond credibility' but Gove 'confident' it can be done
Michael Gove said Simon Coveney “takes a different view” to those who dismiss the possibility of getting a trade deal sorted next year.
# catch 22
No extension yet: EU waiting to see what happens in London, Labour waiting to see what happens in Europe
One must decide on granting an extension and the other must decide on holding an election.
# Brexit
Brexit talks resume in Brussels after 'constructive meeting' between Varadkar and Johnson
The talks will indicate whether discussions between the Taoiseach and Prime Minister Boris Johnson paved way for a potential breakthrough.
# 35 days to go
Coveney warns that 'time is running out' after Brexit meeting with Barnier
The meeting took place against the backdrop of a chaotic week in UK politics.
# Brexit
Brexit talks progressing with 'momentum', Barclay says following meeting with Barnier
Barclay and Barnier discussed three papers submitted by London with ideas on replacing the so-called ‘backstop’.
Michel Barnier: 'No reason to be optimistic' that Brexit deal will be reached
Barnier’s stark assessment came as MEPs said there can be no Brexit deal without the Irish backstop.
# Brexit
MPs to propose law to stop no-deal Brexit - Gove won't rule out ignoring it if it passes
Opposition MP Sir Keir Starmer said Gove’s comments were “breathtaking”.
# Deal or no deal
Barnier 'not optimistic' about avoiding no-deal Brexit and says deal can't be changed
EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier made his comments in Britain’s Sunday Telegraph today.
# Brexit
Tánaiste urges British government to propose alternatives to backstop 'as quickly as possible'
Boris Johnson has vowed to ‘up the tempo’ on talks to remove the backstop ahead of Brexit.
# No Magic
EU expected 'Harry Potter tricks' but UK Brexit negotiators were 'running around like idiots'
Frans Timmermans doesn’t mince his words in an interview about the ongoing Brexit saga.