EU officials cannot stop May and Trump having trade talks, says Barnier
Michel Barnier admitted there was nothing anyone could do to stop the two leaders establishing a deal when the two leaders meet on Friday.
Speaking in Oslo, Mr Barnier said Britain still remains a “part of the EU’s trade policy” but later made the rhetorical statement – “What could prevent countries from talking?”
Although he has been tasked with getting the best deal for the remaining 27 EU member states, a leaked recording revealed a sympathetic side towards Brexit.
Speaking with MEP's in a private meeting, the 66-year-old Brexit negotiator expressed his hopes to avoid a brutal clash with Brexit Britain.
Mr Barnier said the EU’s Brexit deal will go ahead with “no aggressiveness, no revenge, no punishment” as well as no naivety.
In reference to a potential deal the EU would establish with Britain’s financial district, Mr Barnier added: “Some very specific work has to be done in this area. There will be a special, specific relationship.”
Who is Michel Barnier?
Thu, January 19, 2017
Once dubbed the 'most dangerous man in Europe', Michel Barnier is the Vice President of the European People's Party.
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The veteran French politician has previously served as EU commissioner for internal market and services and also regional policy.
We've always had that special relationship with Britain
Sean Spicer, White House press secretary
Politicians have clashed over the last few weeks, debating if Britain should be permitted to engage in trade talks before completing its official exit from the EU.
On Monday Margaritis Chinas, a chief European Commission spokesman, took a swipe at Britain and claiming the UK was “playing with fire” as it was revealed informal trade talks with Australia were underway.
President Trump has hailed Brexit and said a new trade deal will be established “quickly and properly”.
Trump’s allies have said a trade deal between the two countries could be established "within a week”, according to the FT.
Dutch MEP Sophie in ‘t Veld helped to launch the EU taskforce to investigate Britain's Government
Sean Spicer, the press secretary for the White House, said: “We've always had that special relationship with Britain. He's had a great conversation with her and he looks forward to having her here. But we can always be closer."
Further clashes between Britain and the EU are expected as the European Parliament have announced plans to launch a task force to strictly investigate the British Government’s treatment of EU nationals following the Brexit vote.
Speaking to the Guardian, Dutch MEP Sophie in ‘t Veld said: “Why is the British Government trying to make it so hard for people who have been living in the UK for decades, who have set up a family there, work there? It is their home."