Meet the EU's chief Brexit negotiator By Chris Morris BBC News 3 October 2016 Image caption Michel Barnier has been an MEP, a Commissioner and the French foreign minister The British papers love a French villain at the heart of the EU. Is Michel Barnier about to succeed Jacques Delors as the object of their affection? The veteran Gaullist already has form. When he was Commissioner for the Internal Market and Financial Services, Mr Barnier was dubbed "the most dangerous man in Europe" after taking on the banking sector and championing a cap on bankers' bonuses. But while he alarmed some in the City, and will probably do so again, he cheap international flights also won grudging respect as a tough but even-handed negotiator. He will need all those skills and more in his new role - chief Brexit negotiator at the European Commission. And having moved seamlessly between big jobs in Paris and Brussels - French foreign minister, Commissioner, MEP - he looks well prepared. 'Waiting to begin' "Don't ask me to tell you what will be at the end of the road, we haven't begun to walk yet," he told a conference in Brussels last month. Mr Barnier will stick closely to the official EU position of "no negotiation without notification" - waiting for the UK to trigger Article 50 to start the formal process of withdrawal. But he's clearly eager to get going.
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