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BREXIT - Barnier refuses to speak English - 'I will speak French' on Brexit

Mis à jour : 25 Mar 2018


Michel Barnier kicked off a day of Brexit and trade discussions at the EU summit by refusing to talk to the press in English as he set out his latest negotiation threats.

The European Commission’s chief Brexit negotiator said Britain must “respect the principles” of the EU as he kicks off further discussions on the future relationship between Britain and the bloc.

The Frenchman had already summoned Prime Minister Theresa May for a bizarre greeting before making his way to the waiting press pack.

Keen to speak about Brexit, Mr Barnier, however, told journalists he would be speaking in French, despite questions arriving in English. Mr Barnier said: “I’ll speak French. Culture diversity.”