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Michel Barnier tells Boris Johnson to ‘respect his signature’ on Brexit deal and warns UK reputation could be damaged

Britain's reputation is in danger of being damaged if it breaks its word on Brexit, the EU's former chief negotiator has warned.Speaking to French radio on Monday Michel Barnier urged Boris Johnson to "respect his signature".It comes after the the UK unilaterally overrode parts of the withdrawal agreement negotiated with Mr Barnier's team to better suit British businesses.Unionists and companies in Northern Ireland say the Northern Ireland protocol and the new checks it introduces that make trade with Great Britain more difficult is damaging to their interests.Mr Barnier, who retired from the European Commission earlier this year, told France Info...
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On immigration, Michel Barnier has joined the race to the bottom

Michel Barnier seems to have ruffled as many feathers in France with his latest comments on immigration as he did in Britain during his stint as EU Brexit negotiator. Positioning himself to run as the rightwing candidate in next year’s presidential elections, Barnier told a TV interviewer that he wanted to suspend immigration to France from outside the EU, including family reunions, for three to five years.
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France Needs a 3-5 Year Ban on Immigration, Says EU Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier

France should commit to a three to five-year moratorium on immigration in light of problems such as terrorism, the European Union’s former chief Brexit negotiator has said. French politician Michel Barnier admitted that the country’s immigration system is “not working” and that the European Union’s common external border has been reduced to a “sieve”.
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France should suspend all immigration from outside EU for up to five years, Michel Barnier says

France should suspend all immigration from outside the EU for up to five years and push the bloc to toughen its external borders, Michel Barnier has said.The EU’s former chief Brexit negotiator, who is thought to be considering a tilt at the French presidency, said the European Union’s external frontier had become a “sieve”.“I think we have to take the time for three or five years to suspend immigration,” he told public broadcaster France 2. Mr Barnier said any suspension should exclude students and refugees, “who we need to treat with humanity and care”.He called for a discussion with other...
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UK government behaving like ‘buccaneers’ in Jersey fishing row, says Michel Barnier

Boris Johnson’s government has behaved like “buccaneers” during the post-Brexit fishing rights dispute in Jersey’s waters, said former EU negotiator Michel Barnier.The prime minister ordered Royal Navy vessels to the British dependency last week after a fleet of 60 French vessels tried to blockade Jersey’s main port in protest over restricted licences.Mr Barnier accused the UK government of failing to respect the Brexit agreement on fishing access – saying the French fisherman were “right” to feel aggrieved.“I think that the British are behaving like buccaneers and it’s not the first time,” the Brexit trade deal negotiator told French TV.“I...
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Michel Barnier says France should suspend immigration from outside the EU for FIVE YEARS and warns of migration's links to 'terrorist networks'

Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has called on France to halt migration from outside the EU for up to five years, saying terrorists have infiltrated migration routes. The 70-year-old, who is being tipped to run against President Macron in next year's election, said the pause is necessary so France can 'verify, evaluate and if necessary change' its immigration policies.
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Michel Barnier calls for five-year halt to immigration across Europe

The EU’s former chief Brexit negotiator has called for a halt to immigration across Europe for up to five years. French politician Michel Barnier said immigration in the EU was “not working” – and claimed that the bloc’s external borders had become a “sieve”. “I think we have to take...
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Brexit: Michel Barnier diaries outline struggles with DUP

The EU's former chief Brexit negotiator says he found it "difficult to stay calm" while meeting the DUP's Arlene Foster and Diane Dodds. Michel Barnier has published diaries which he kept during the negotiations. He recounts a meeting with a DUP delegation in Brussels in October 2018 which focused on...
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Michel Barnier on Brexit – in his own words

Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, has released his long-awaited diaries. Here he is in his own words on some of Brexit’s key personalities and issues:. On the then prime minister Theresa May: “Direct, convinced by what she says, keen to impose her authority. A slight rigidity in her figure and her attitudes … A courageous woman surrounded by a lot of men busy putting their personal interests before those of their country.”
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Vaccine war: Michel Barnier calls for ceasefire in EU-UK row over Covid jab

The EU’s former chief Brexit negotiator has called for a ceasefire in the vaccines war between Brussels and the UK. Michel Barnier’s appeal came as the World Health Organisation said the EU was making “unacceptably slow” progress in getting its citizens immunised and as a result was “prolonging the pandemic”, with the third wave sweeping through Europe.