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News and comment on the Brexit process, as Britain tries to leave the EU.

Friday 7 September 2018

Barnier Over-egged His Pudding

The EU has cast doubt on claims that Barnier, its chief negotiator, had described the government's Brexit plan as "dead in the water".

Labour MP Stephen Kinnock attributed the remarks - which he said were in French - to Michel Barnier after a meeting in Brussels.

However, EU Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas urged journalists to wait for a transcript to be published. The Chequers plan contains some "positive elements", he added.

Clearly the EU is now backtracking on what Barnier undoubtedly said, and will be attempting to rein him in.

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