Leading political speaker, Michel Barnier is a French Republican politician who has been serving as European Chief Negotiator for Brexit since December 2016. He has served in several French cabinet positions such as Minister of Foreign Affairs 2004–2005, Minister of State for European Affairs 1995–1997, Minister of the Environment and Way of Life 1993–1995.
He has served at European level as European Commissioner for Regional Policy 1999–2004 and European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services 2010–2014. He has been Vice President of the European People’s Party 2010–2015. Barnier was appointed Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries in the French government on 18 June 2007, stepping down on 7 June 2009 upon his election as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP). He served as European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services under Barroso.
The European Commission has appointed him as their Chief Negotiator in charge of the Preparation and Conduct of the Negotiations with the United Kingdom under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union.
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