Michel Barnier, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator | Pool photo by Yves Herman/AFP via Getty Images
Brexit chief Michel Barnier says he’s ‘worried’ about ‘difficult’ negotiations
He also dismissed rumors he’s being pushed out of his job.
By Elisa Braun
Updated 9/7/20, 10:22 AM CET
PARIS — The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier strongly denied he’s being pushed out of his job and said he was “worried” because “the British would like the best of both worlds.”
“It’s been four years that I’ve been living with these articles, these personal attacks, these rumors” in “certain British press” about his impending departure, Barnier told France Inter radio Monday. He was responding to a question about a report in the Telegraph that EU leaders were set to sideline him in a bid for a breakthrough in the negotiations.
“All these people don’t know how we work on the European side,” Barnier said. “I’m not an individual negotiator, I don’t negotiate for myself but … on a very precise mandate that has been confirmed to me and which is that of the 27 heads of state and the [European] Parliament.”
He added he had other things to focus on as the situation was “very serious.”
“It is a difficult negotiation because the British would like the best of both worlds and to export their products to a market of 450 million consumers on their terms … we would like the conditions to be fair,” Barnier said.
The interview comes as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to say in a statement on Monday that the EU and U.K.