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Who is Michel Barnier? Meet the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator

At the end of last year, he saved the prime minister. In 2018, he holds the fate of the whole country in his hands. It's time to pay attention to Michel Barnier

Michel Barnier illustrated by Tim McDonagh

Britons should be aware that Michel Barnier, the European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator, doesn’t like to be bounced. He prefers to proceed methodically. He chooses his words carefully and when he speaks, he looks you straight in the eye. But he reddens easily when contradicted and is not the type for making light of absurd situations—he admits he could work a little more on his sense of humour.

Barnier comes from the Alpine département of Savoie, in the French southeast, where hard work…

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