Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier: ‘The EU is not the same one the UK left’


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Michel Barnier arrives, carrying, of course, two folders full of papers. Tall and debonair, the former Brexit negotiator knows the power of appearances. During the talks, he cultivated an air of principled authority. Remainers saw him as a voice of reason; even Brexiters developed a grudging respect. “I wish we could employ him,” said a frustrated Nigel Farage. Barnier kept his head while his British counterparts were losing theirs and blaming it on him. “I’m not always calm — listen to my wife or children — but I decided at the very beginning to be calm. I knew it could...