Michel Barnier


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There is every reason for our future partnership t be ambitious. This is our preferred option. This is why we have started internal preparations with member states to be ready, to talk about the future as soon as we will have agreed on how to settle the past. The EU will of course be ready to offer its most ambitious FTA (free trade agreement) approach.feedback
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Nov 20 2017
We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which Michel Barnier is associated, including EU and U.K.. Most recently, Michel Barnier has been quoted saying: “The UK has chosen to leave the EU. We respect this choice. Does it want to stay close to the European model? Or does it want to gradually move away from it? And the UK's reply to these questions will be very important, and even decisive, because it will shape the discussion on our future relationship.” in the article Barnier: UK can have ‘ambitious’ Brexit trade deal - at a price.
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Nov 08 2017

When I hear the US secretary of commerce, Wilbur Ross, call in London for the British to diverge with Europe to better converge towards others; towards less regulation – environmental, sanitary, food, probably also financial, fiscal and social – I'm wondering. The United Kingdom has chosen to leave the European Union. Will it also want to move away from the European model? That's another question.feedback

Nov 08 2017

When I hear the US secretary of commerce, Wilbur Ross call, in London for the British to diverge with Europe to better converge towards others – towards less regulation, environmental, sanitary, food, probably also financial, fiscal and social – I'm wondering. The United Kingdom has chosen to leave the European Union. Will it also want to move away from the European model? That's another question.feedback

Nov 08 2017

There is behind this European regulatory framework the fundamental societal choices we hold: the social market economy, health protection, food security, fair and efficient financial regulation … it is up to the British to tell us whether they still adhere to the European model.feedback

Oct 24 2017 - Brexit

If we reach an agreement on the orderly withdrawal of the United Kingdom, such a [transition] period, both short and framed, is possible. To my mind, it makes sense that it covers the financial period, so until 2020. It would leave us more time to prepare for the future relationship. We do not want it at all, but we do not exclude any option. Such a scenario would cause us problems, and much larger [ones] in the UK.feedback

Oct 24 2017 - United Nations

The strategic interest of our continent is to partner with this very large country with a permanent seat on the United Nations security council. But this is not a reason to undermine the single market.feedback

Oct 24 2017 - Brexit

That would mean leaving the single European sky agreement, and no longer being able to mutually recognise pilot qualifications or get take off or landing clearance. And what would happen to the food products imported into the United Kingdom? There would immediately be customs controls, perhaps taxes. That's why I want a deal.feedback

Oct 24 2017

The two phases are difficult. The second will be very different and will last several years. It is truly unique because instead of promoting regulatory convergence, it will aim to frame a difference. It will involve risks, including about its political ratification, making all the more necessary transparency around these topics.feedback

Oct 24 2017 - Brexit

I will give you some examples. In London, to leave the Euratom treaty without an agreement would mean immediate problems for the import of nuclear material, whether for nuclear power plants or hospitals.feedback

Oct 12 2017 - Brexit

We've reached a state of deadlock, which is very disturbing.feedback

Oct 12 2017 - Brexit

This week, however, the UK repeated that it was still not ready to spell out these commitments. On this question we have received a state of deadlock which is very disturbing for thousands of project promoters and very disturbing also for taxpayers … I'm not able to propose to next week's European council that we start discussions on the future relationship. A no deal will be a very bad deal and, to be clear, on our side we will be ready to face any eventualities and all the eventualities.feedback

Oct 12 2017 - Brexit

We have got to do things in the right order. If we mix everything up, there are risks.feedback

Oct 12 2017 - Brexit

Decisive progress is possible within two months.feedback

Oct 12 2017 - Brexit

Slowly but surely over the next few weeks I will explore the way forward, if there is the necessary will, I will explore ways to get out of this deadlock we find ourselves in.feedback

Oct 12 2017 - Brexit

The risk of no deal, it will be a very bad deal. We will face any and all eventualities. My duty is to follow the mandate and as a negotiator I have to find a way forward. Let me be frank. All these subjects are linked for the member states. We are in deadlock at the moment. But with the necessary will and commitments entered into by Theresa May from Florence we can exit this deadlock.feedback

Oct 03 2017 - Brexit

We will never accept for the 27 to pay for what was decided on by 28. The taxpayers of the 27 will not have to pay for the consequences of a decision they did not take.feedback

Oct 03 2017 - Brexit

This concern as you recall in your resolution is aggravated by certain discriminatory measures taken a few months ago by the UK authorities … We need a consistent interpretation of the agreement on both sides of the Channel. That only the ECJ can guarantee.feedback

Sep 28 2017 - Brexit

We have had a constructive week, yes, but we are not yet there in terms of achieving sufficient progress. Further work is needed in the coming weeks and months.feedback

Sep 28 2017 - Brexit

The prime minister's speech created a new dynamic.feedback

Sep 28 2017 - Brexit

It will take weeks or maybe months before we are able to say, yes, there has been sufficient progress on the principles of an orderly withdrawal. Let's leave it here. We will pick up in the week of October 9th, where we left off this week.feedback

Sep 28 2017 - Brexit

Being very frank, I see no logical and coherent link between a discussion we will have as soon as possible about the future … and a discussion about the separation issues and commitments entered into in the past.feedback

Sep 28 2017 - Brexit

For the EU, the only way to reach sufficient progress is that all commitments undertaken by the 28 are honored by the 28.feedback

Sep 28 2017 - Brexit

The UK explained also that it was not in a position yet to identify its commitments taken during membership. For the EU the only way to reach sufficient progress is that all commitments taken at 28 are honoured at 28... We have had a constructive week, yes, but we are not yet there in terms of achieving sufficient progress. Further work is needed in coming weeks and coming months.feedback

Sep 28 2017 - Brexit

There are others; a big gap remains on family reunification. We want exiting rights to continue.feedback

Sep 25 2017

Real progress on three main issues - citizens, Ireland, financial settlement - is essential to move to the discussion on transition and on the future (relationship). These are separate issues.feedback

Sep 25 2017 - Single market

Any transition has to respect the regulatory and financial framework of the single market. As I said we are talking about extending EU legislation for a certain period of time. That would mean we would have to continue with budget supervision, judicial control and controls of EU rules and regulations.feedback

Sep 25 2017 - Brexit

The EU is keen and eager to understand better how the U.K. government will translate the prime minister's speech into negotiating positions. This is essential and would enable us to advance this week.feedback

Sep 25 2017 - Brexit

We're not going to mix up discussions on debts and past commitments with our future relationship.feedback

Sep 25 2017 - Brexit

We are not going to mix up discussions on debts and discussion on the past commitments. We are not going to mix up those subjects, which are part of an orderly withdrawal, on a discussion of our future relationship.feedback

Sep 25 2017 - Single market

If the UK is asking for a transition period, it is the UK asking for it, we are not asking for it ... Perhaps I can just remind you that these rules that go hand in hand with the single market are well known to the UK, as they helped us build these rules over the last decades.feedback

Sep 23 2017

Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great.feedback

Sep 22 2017 - Brexit

A "willingness to move forward. The United Kingdom recognises that no Member State will have to pay more or receive less because of Brexit. We stand ready to discuss the concrete implications of this pledge.feedback

Sep 22 2017

The speech shows a willingness to move forward, as time is of the essence. Prime Minister May's statements are a step forward but they must now be translated into a precise negotiating position of the UK government.feedback

Sep 22 2017 - Brexit

To make progress, we are waiting for clear commitments from the UK on these precise issues.feedback

Sep 22 2017 - Brexit

There is therefore only one year left.feedback

Sep 21 2017 - Brexit

I am asking myself questions. I'm wondering why – beyond the progress we've made on certain points – there is still today major uncertainty on each of the key issues of the first phase.feedback

Sep 16 2017 - Single market

The single market and its four freedoms are indivisible – cherry-picking is not an option.feedback

Sep 12 2017 - Brexit

The current state of progress means we are quite far from being able to say sufficient progress has taken place–not far enough for me to be able to say to the European council that we can start to discuss the future relationship.feedback

Sep 12 2017 - Brexit

To be honest, I'm concerned.feedback

Sep 07 2017 - Northern Ireland

The UK position paper worries me, The UK wants to use Ireland as a kind of test case for a future UK-EU customs relationship.feedback

Sep 07 2017 - Single market

This will not happen. My option is to work towards an agreement but that will not involve diluting the single market. We need to avoid a return to the hard border, while respecting Ireland's place in the single market.feedback

Sep 07 2017

I've been very disappointed by the British position, it seems to be to be backtracking.feedback

Sep 07 2017

Seven days ago, exactly, we arrived at the end of the third round of negotiations and David Davis was standing here, and I paid tribute to his professionalism and that of the UK team.feedback

Sep 07 2017 - Single market

What I see in the UK's paper on Ireland and Northern Ireland worries me. The UK wants the EU to suspend the application of its laws, its customs union and its single market at what will be a new external border for the EU, and the UK wants to use Ireland as a kind of test case for the future EU-UK customs relations. This will not happen. Creativity and flexibility cannot be at the expense of the integrity of the single market and the customs union. This will not be fair for Ireland and this would not be fair for the European Union.feedback

Sep 07 2017

You cannot have 27 countries paying for commitments made by 28.feedback

Sep 07 2017 - Single market

The UK's real aim seemed to be to use past debts as a means of buying future access to parts of the single market, something which the union could not accept.feedback

Sep 07 2017

It will not be possible for a third country to combine the benefits of the Norway model with the weak constraints of the Canada model.feedback

Sep 06 2017 - Brexit

The future of Europe is far more important than Brexit. It's a serious issue but should not be on our leaders' radar screens all the time.feedback

Sep 06 2017 - Brexit

So there is something pedagogical in our approach.feedback

Sep 06 2017 - Brexit

I don't want to punish or to be naïve.feedback

Sep 03 2017 - Single market

There are extremely serious consequences of leaving the single market and it hasn't been explained to the British people. We intend to teach people … what leaving the single market means.feedback

Sep 03 2017 - European Commission

The [European] commission puts itself in a silly position when it says nothing has been done when really important things have. We put people before process. They are in danger of putting process first.feedback

Sep 01 2017 - British elections 2017

Well I think that we will look at the Prime Minister's record. We had a vote share in the general election that was the highest since Margaret Thatcher's landslide in 1983. That's almost been overlooked in the analysis of the election. I think the Prime Minister continues to lead us with courage and conviction. And she certainly would have my continued support for as long as she wished to continue as leader.feedback

Aug 31 2017 - Brexit

We did not get any decisive progress on any of the principal subjects.feedback

Aug 31 2017 - Single market

The UK wants to take back control, it wants to set its own standards and regulations, but it also wants to have these standards recognised automatically in the EU, that is what the UK position papers say. This is simply impossible: you cannot be outside the single market and shape its legal order.feedback

Aug 31 2017 - Deportation

This is not the first time something like this has happened.feedback

Aug 31 2017 - Brexit

At current state of progress we are quite far from saying that 'sufficient progress' has taken place.feedback

Aug 31 2017 - European Court of Justice

The UK quickly recognised that it was a mistake, but this is not the first time this has happened and it reinforced the point that [this] needs to be under the control of the ECJ, a point [on] which we disagreed today.feedback

Aug 31 2017 - Brexit

However, we did not get any decisive progress on any of the principle subjects, even though on the discussion we had about Ireland - that discussion was fruitful.feedback

Aug 30 2017 - London

Guidelines are designed for serious and constructive negotiations but we need clear UK positions on all issues.feedback

Aug 30 2017 - Brexit

To be flexible you need two points – our point and their point. We need to know their position and then I can be flexible.feedback

Aug 28 2017 - Romania protests 2017

It is up to us, from Paris to Bucharest, to continue to make the European Union a community of destinies that will necessarily pass through the establishment of an integrated European defence.feedback

Aug 28 2017 - Brexit

Brexit "will have very practical consequences including on defence and security. The British defence minister will no longer be able to sit at the council of defence ministers, London will leave the European Defence Agency and Europol [The EU-wide police force]. British defence research facilities will not be able to benefit from EU funding, London will not be able to assume command of European operations.feedback

Aug 28 2017 - Brexit

To be honest, I am concerned. Time passes quickly.feedback

Aug 26 2017 - Brexit

An orderly withdrawal means accounts must be settled.feedback

Aug 15 2017

The quicker #UK & EU27 agree on citizens, settling accounts and #Ireland, the quicker we can discuss customs & future relationship.feedback

Aug 14 2017 - Single market

I have heard some people in the U.K. argue that one can leave the single market and build a customs union to achieve frictionless trade. That is not possible. The decision to leave the EU has consequences.feedback

Aug 14 2017

As soon as the UK is ready to clarify the nature of its commitments, we will be prepared to discuss this with the British negotiators … This week's experience has quite simply shown that we make better progress where our respective positions are clear.feedback

Jul 23 2017 - Brexit

I am not hearing any whistling. Just the clock ticking.feedback

Jul 22 2017 - Brexit

The questions that we have are: is that divergence reasonable? Is it under control? Is it mastered, and if so by whom? Or will it become a tool for regulatory competition with us?.. It is one of the keys to the success of the negotiation … of the future relationship.feedback

Jul 21 2017 - Brexit

Quite frankly, as far as we are concerned we can see no other way in which we can guarantee continuation of European rights [for EU nationals] … Only the court can interpret EU law, it is not a choice, it is an obligation. We want our citizens to be protected by EU law.feedback

Jul 20 2017 - Brexit

There does remain one fundamental divergence on the way such (citizens') rights would be guaranteed and on several other points, for example the rights' of future family members or the export of certain social benefits. Therefore, at the next negotiating session we must clarify the reasons for those divergences while constantly remembering our common objective that those citizens might continue to live as they do today.feedback

Jul 20 2017 - Brexit

We are now moving in a common direction. But there does remain one fundamental divergence on the way on which [citizens' rights] would be guaranteed and on other points, such as the rights of future family members and the export of certain benefits.feedback

Jul 20 2017 - Brexit

An orderly exit requires the payment of the accounts. A clarification of the United Kingdom's position is essential to negotiate.feedback

Jul 20 2017 - Brexit

This week's experience has shown, we make better progress when our respective positions are clear. Accounts have to be settled.feedback

Jul 20 2017 - Brexit

Quite frankly, any reference to European rights imply their oversight by the court of justice of the European Union.feedback

Jul 20 2017 - Brexit

I said last week that I wanted to identify the points where we agree and the points where we disagree. This was possible this week for the issues on which there was a clear British position.feedback

Jul 20 2017 - Brexit

A clarification of the UK position is essential, if we are to have any progress. As soon as the UK is ready to clarify its position, we will be prepared to have these discussions. This week's negotiations have shown we make better progress when our respective positions are clear.feedback

Jul 17 2017 - Brexit

We will now delve into the heart of the matter. We need to examine and compare our respective positions in order to make good progress.feedback

Jul 16 2017 - Scottish independence

You need to be able to say to people on the day after Brexit that there is certainty and that they will be able to go forward and to continue doing business as they do now.feedback

Jul 13 2017 - Labour Party

My door is open, listen to all Brexit views.feedback

Jul 12 2017

I am not hearing any whistling.feedback

Jul 12 2017 - Brexit

People have used words like ransom. It's not an exit bill, it's not a punishment, it's not a revenge, it's simply settling accounts. It's not easy and it might be expensive, but we are not asking for a single pound or euro more than they have legally agreed to provide. You can discuss this or that budget line, but they have to start by recognising that they have entered into commitments.feedback

Jul 12 2017 - Brexit

I am not hearing any whistling, just a clock ticking. The three priorities for the first phase are indivisible. Progress on one or two would not be sufficient in order for us to move on to the discussion of our future relationship.feedback

Jul 12 2017 - Brexit

We want EU citizens in Britain to have the same rights as British citizens who live in the EU.feedback

Jul 10 2017 - Brexit

In practice, no deal' would worsen the 'lose-lose' situation which is bound to result from Brexit. And the UK would have more to lose than its partners.feedback

Jul 06 2017

We want to be ready for all eventualities, including 'no deal', a possibility that has been mentioned again recently by several British ministers. In practice, no deal' would worsen the 'lose-lose' situation which is bound to result from Brexit. And the U.K. would have more to lose than its partners.feedback

Jul 06 2017

There would be customs duties of almost 10 percent on vehicle imports, an average of 19 percent for alcoholic beverages, and an average of 12 percent on lamb and fish, for which the vast majority of British exports go to the EU.feedback

Jul 06 2017 - Single market

I have heard some people in the U.K. argue that one can leave the single market and keep all of its benefits – that is not possible.feedback

Jul 06 2017 - Brexit

Let us prepare for Brexit so that we can approach it calmly, since that is the decision of the United Kingdom.feedback

Jul 06 2017 - Brexit

These consequences are the direct result of the choices made by the UK, not by the EU. There is no punishment for Brexit. Then we will be able to concentrate on what is most important: the future of Europe.feedback

Jul 06 2017 - Brexit

There would be customs duties of almost 10 % on vehicle imports, an average of 19 % for alcoholic beverages, and an average of 12% on lamb and fish, for which the vast majority of British exports go to the EU. For these negotiations to succeed, and we sincerely want them to succeed, we will have to move through the successive stages one by one and keep our calm. There will never be any aggressiveness or arrogance on my part. And I recommend all to adopt the same attitude. The decision to leave the EU has consequences.feedback

Jun 20 2017 - Single market

The sovereign decision of the United Kingdom to leave the EU and, it was confirmed yesterday, to leave the single market, also to leave the customs union creates a lot of uncertainties and often a great uncertainty, For citizens and their rights and this is obviously the case for the issue of borders and, in particular, for Ireland.feedback

Jun 20 2017 - Brexit

The United Kingdom will no longer enjoy the same rights and advantages as EU member states … I am convinced that this new partnership will contribute to stability on our continent.feedback

Jun 19 2017 - Brexit

However I am convinced that it is our common interest to establish a new partnership among the 27 and the UK. I'm convinced that this partnership will contribute to the enduring stability of our continent. We are united among the 27 and the institutions for these negotiations.feedback

Jun 19 2017 - Brexit

I will do all I can to put emotion to one side and stick to the facts, the figures, and the legal basis, and work with the United Kingdom to find an agreement in that frame of mind.feedback

Jun 19 2017 - Brexit

You also have to look at what accidents might befall you, falling rocks, you have to be very careful to keep your breath, you have to have stamina because it could be a lengthy path and you have to keep looking at the summit.feedback

Jun 19 2017 - Brexit

You have to be very careful to keep your breath, you have to have stamina because it could be a lengthy path. And you have to keep looking at the summit, the outcome. That's what I learnt when mountain-walking.feedback

Jun 19 2017 - Brexit

I hope that today we can identify priorites and a time table that would allow me to report to the European Council later this week that we had a constructive opening of negotiations.feedback

Jun 19 2017 - Brexit

I am not in a frame of mind to make concessions or ask for concessions it. We are looking to unravel 43 years of patiently built relations.feedback

Jun 19 2017 - Brexit

Return this weekend to the Savoy country to draw the strength and energy that long hikes require.feedback

Jun 19 2017 - Brexit

The UK has asked to leave the EU, not the other way around, so we each have to assume the consequences of our decisions and the consequences are substantial.feedback

Jun 19 2017 - Brexit

We must first tackle the uncertainties caused by Brexit – first, for citizens, but also for the beneficiaries of E.U. policies and for the impact on borders, in particular Ireland.feedback

Jun 19 2017 - Brexit

We need to remain calm. We are talking about orderly withdrawal first, and that makes sense. It's not something we are asking for in order to get concessions, it's just a direct consequence of the UK decision.feedback

Jun 15 2017 - Brexit

I would like to very quickly play down this question, and find concrete, pragmatic and just solutions. We need trust to build the future relationship.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - Brexit

We are flexible, we can do this Thursday, we can do it on Tuesday 20th.feedback

Jun 09 2017 - Brexit

Timetable and EU positions are clear. Let's put our minds together on striking a deal.feedback

May 30 2017 - Brexit

We need to tell the truth – and we will tell the truth – to our citizens about what Brexit means.feedback

May 22 2017 - Brexit

We need to provide answers to all those whom the British decision to leave the EU is putting in immediate difficulty, and for which this decision to leave the EU creates legal uncertainty. Sometimes for their own daily or family life. European or British citizens who live on one side and the other on the Channel and who must continue to be able to live as before.feedback

May 22 2017 - European Parliament

We will need to make sufficient progress on this first phase if we are to move to phase two as quickly as we can at the end of this year and the beginning of next as we negotiate the future relationship between the EU and the UK.feedback

May 22 2017 - Brexit

They will be tough. There will be moments of tension. We are ready. But we need to put things in perspective. It is the settle the accounts, assure and orderly withdrawal that the U.K. requested. It is their choice and responsibility. The faster we find a deal on these priority issues, the earlier we will be able to start discussing our future relationship in a constructive way.feedback

May 22 2017 - Brexit

From the day the UK decided to leave, the EU has gone through an intense preparatory process. We are ready and well-prepared. It is the UK which is leaving the EU and not vice-versa. We have clearly, the 27, confirmed that position that we must defend … a negotiation is a negotiation.feedback

May 22 2017 - Brexit

I heard David Davis, who I know well. He referred to the possibility of 'no deal'. That is not my choice and I would advise anyone to explain exactly what no deal would entail .feedback

May 18 2017 - Brexit

Once this agreement had been achieved, the EU member states wished to close this part of the negotiations once for all without going back to it.feedback

May 17 2017 - Brexit

We might be working on transitional measures post-Brexit, on a phasing-out period and a phasing-in towards the new relationship, but the real transition period is now, before exit. I would like to recommend all economic players, all economic operators, to make use of this period, so that the day of this exit, probably March 2019, is as orderly as possible.feedback

May 17 2017

I certainly don't intend to have no deal or a bad deal. We want to conclude a deal with the UK, not against the UK. In fact I would very much appreciate that on the UK side you could find the same spirit to reach a deal with the EU, not against the EU.feedback

May 17 2017

I have never quoted these figures. The figures will depend on the methodology we adopt and the actual date of the UK's exit. It is not [me] who will set a figure.feedback

May 17 2017

The clock is ticking. There isn't much time ahead of us to conclude a good deal ... The agreement is there to create a foundation of trust. We have to make sure that is there by solving the problems for the citizens, for the beneficiaries of the structural funds, and the borders. We have to create the foundations for ongoing trust that we need to build a future relationship with the UK – that is a sine qua non.feedback

May 15 2017 - French election 2017

Good luck Emmanuel Macron in writing a new page for our Republic. And vive European France!feedback

May 11 2017

I want to reassure the Irish people in this negotiation that Ireland's interest will be the Union's interest. We are in this negotiation together and a united EU will be here for you.feedback

May 11 2017 - Brexit

Brexit will come at a cost – also to us, the 27.feedback

May 05 2017 - Brexit

The only cause of uncertainty is Brexit.feedback

May 05 2017 - European Court of Justice

The European Council has decided that preserving the rights of EU citizens and their families will be a priority. The level of protection afforded under EU law must not be watered down. Brexit should not alter the nature of people's daily lives. The EU requires crystal clear guarantees that rights will be effectively enforced. The European Court of Justice will play its role.feedback

May 03 2017 - London

There was never any question about asking the UK to give us a blank cheque; that would not be serious. All we are asking for is for the accounts to be cleared, for the honoring of commitments into which the UK has entered ... But you cannot count on me to give you any figures because they are still evolving. I hope it will be in the autumn, October or November, I don't know. I hope I will be able to say clearly and objectively that there is sufficient progress.feedback

May 03 2017

We are prepared for all options. But the option I am working on is getting an agreement.feedback

May 03 2017 - Brexit

Basically, we have to close the account, and it is no more and no less. No punishment. There is no Brexit bill.feedback

May 03 2017 - Single market

A new government following the elections which Theresa May called early ... will have a certain longevity and stability for five years, which is not the case for the current Government. These elections will not change anything as regards the position and determination of the European Union ... Without any aggresivity or naivety, we will defend the interests of the 27 member states of the European Union and the single market. That is my role.feedback

May 03 2017 - Brexit

I cannot accept the term 'blank cheque'. All we are asking for is for accounts to be cleared, for the honouring of commitments which the UK has entered into. But you cannot count on me to give you any figures, because they will develop. There will be consequences...there are human consequences, there are social consequences, there are economic consequences, there are technical consequences, financial, legal consequences. You are unwinding 43 years or so of a relationship. We need sound solutions, we need legal precision and this will take time.feedback

May 03 2017 - British elections 2017

You have to learn to put one foot in front of the other, because sometimes you are on a steep and rocky path. You also have to look at what accidents might befall you - falling rocks. You have to be very careful to keep your breath, you have to have stamina because it could be a lengthy path. And you have to keep looking at the summit, the outcome. That's what I learnt when mountain-walking.feedback

May 03 2017 - Brexit

All the commitments entered into as a member of the union. This is not a punishment, nor is it an exit tax of some kind. The union and the United Kingdom have mutual commitments. They have committed to financing projects and programmes together. We decided these programmes together. We benefit from them together, and we finance them together. This all has to be totted up. We have entered into rigorous and objective work which should be incontestable and which will have to take account of the commitments.feedback

May 03 2017 - Brexit

Some have created the illusion that Brexit would have no material impact on our lives or that negotiations can be concluded quickly and painlessly. This is not the case. We need sound solutions, we need legal precision and this will take time. The UK must put a great deal of energy and effort into these three issues over the next weeks and months and that will increase the chances of making a deal.feedback

May 03 2017 - Brexit

I don't wish to give any figures today. I can't because I don't know what the figures are.feedback

May 03 2017 - London

Leaving the union doesn't have a price, which has to be paid.feedback

May 03 2017 - Single market

We learn to put one foot in front of the other, because the path can be steep, the path can be rocky and tiring and long, but we should always keep our eye on the summit. That's what I've learned hiking in the mountains. These elections change nothing. We will defend the interests of the 27 (remaining) member states and the single market. We are prepared for all options. But the option I am working on is getting an agreement. We have to settle the account, not more not less.feedback

May 03 2017 - Brexit

Whenever European Union law is involved we will have depend on the court of justice … otherwise the rights of citizens are just an illusion.feedback

May 03 2017 - Single market

These elections will not change anything as regarding the position and the determination of the European Union. Without any aggressiveness or naivety we will defend the interests of the 27 and the single market.feedback

Apr 28 2017 - Brexit

Unity is essential, for our Union but also for our British partners: at the end of the day if the Union is disunited, there simply will not be an agreement.feedback

Apr 27 2017 - Brexit

We are united, we have a clear line and we are ready.feedback

Apr 05 2017

Theresa May's letter seeks a rapid agreement, but quite clearly the devil is going to be in the detail. The six months work I've done so far points to that.feedback

Apr 05 2017

To succeed, we need on the contrary to devote the first phase of negotiations exclusively to reaching agreement on the principle of the exit.feedback

Apr 05 2017

In fact, Mr Farage, all we are doing is settling the accounts no more, no less.feedback

Apr 05 2017

To put it differently, the sooner we agree on the principles of an orderly withdrawal, the sooner we can prepare our future relations, a free and fair trade agreement, a level playing field, but also in security and defence.feedback

Apr 04 2017 - Gibraltar

Judicially speaking Gibraltar will exit the Union at the same time as the United Kingdom, that is all I can say.feedback

Mar 29 2017 - Malta

Today is the first day in a very long and difficult road. The EU will look to establish a fair agreement for the long term future of union members.feedback

Mar 29 2017 - Brexit

Brexit made EU citizens worry about their future in EU27 and UK. The EU will be firm on their rights.feedback

Mar 28 2017

This free-trade agreement cannot be equivalent to what exists today. And we should all prepare ourselves for that situation. It clearly will have to be something which is not better than when they were inside the club. The red lines we have drawn, I think we will clearly stick to them.feedback

Mar 27 2017

The 27 member states, and the European Commission, will work tirelessly to preserve the rights of European citizens across out continent. We are ready to discuss this issue from day one. If we cannot resolve these three significant uncertainties at an early stage, we run the risk of failure. Putting things in the right order maximises the chances of reaching an agreement. This means agreeing on the orderly withdrawal of the UK before negotiating any future trade deal. The sooner we agree on those principles, the more time we have to discuss our future partnership.feedback

Mar 27 2017 - Single market

While the 27 member states will find it easier to adjust - as they will still benefit from the Single Market, the customs union and more than 60 trade deals with their international partners - we believe it is in the best interests of both sides to reach a deal on the UK's orderly withdrawal from the EU. We must protect the rights of the 4.5m citizens who have found themselves faced with an uncertain future in the place they call home.feedback

Mar 27 2017 - Terrorism

The attacks in London last week tragically remind us of our common interest in the fight against terrorism.feedback

Mar 27 2017

It goes without saying that a no-deal scenario, while a distinct possibility, would have severe consequences for our people and our economies. It would undoubtedly leave the UK worse off. Severe disruption to air transport and long queues at the Channel Port of Dover are just some of the many examples of the negative consequences of failing to reach a deal. Others include the disruption of supply chains, including the suspension of the delivery of nuclear material to the UK.feedback

Mar 25 2017 - Brexit

We need to tell the truth and we will tell the truth to our citizens about what Brexit means.feedback

Mar 24 2017 - Brexit

When a country leaves the union, there is no punishment. There is no price to pay to leave, but we must settle the accounts. No more, no less. We will not ask the British to pay a single euro for something they have not agreed to as a member.feedback

Mar 23 2017

Security cannot be weighed off against economic and commercial interests.feedback

Feb 12 2017 - Twitter

My strategy was to work with the British and the City ... and not to pass laws against them or without them. So although we're now in a different context, a deal on Brexit is possible.feedback

Jan 16 2017

The timeframe is going to be really short.feedback

Jan 14 2017

When asked on equivalence I said: EU would need special vigilance on financial stability risk, not special deal to access the City.feedback

Dec 06 2016

Frankly, I do not know what a hard or a soft Brexit are ... I can say what a Brexit is: ... We want a clear agreement; we want to reach this agreement in the limited time available; we want it to take account of our point of view.feedback

Dec 06 2016 - Article 50

Time is short. Should the UK notify the European Council by the end of March 2017 ... it is safe to say negotiations could start a few weeks later and an Article 50 agreement reached by October 2018.feedback

Dec 06 2016

As long as we do not know what the intentions and the demands are, what the United Kingdom is prepared to ask for and accept for this future partnership; it is difficult to talk about a transitional period. A transitional period means that it facilitates the way, it prepares the way for the future relationship.feedback

Dec 06 2016 - European Parliament

The agreement itself should be reached in October 2018 to allow time, 5 or 6 months, Council, European parliament and British parliament to ratify.feedback

Dec 06 2016

Being a member of EU comes with rights and benefits. Third countries can never have the same rights and benefits since they are not subject to the same obligations.feedback

Dec 06 2016

I campaigned for a 'yes' vote and I still think today that I made the right choice.feedback

Dec 06 2016

It is clear that the period of actual negotiations will be shorter than two years.feedback

Dec 06 2016

All in all, there will be less than 18 months to negotiate.feedback

Dec 06 2016

We are ready; keep calm and negotiate.feedback

Dec 06 2016

It is for the British to say what kind of relationship they want and for the 27 EU states to define the future they want to build with them. You can't do everything in 15 to 18 months of negotiations.feedback

Dec 06 2016

Time will be short. We are ready; keep calm and negotiate.feedback

Dec 06 2016

There is a two-year time frame on that process. We have been clear that we are not seeking to extend that process. In terms of how long the actual negotiations take place, clearly that is a matter that will resolve itself as a result of the negotiations.feedback

Nov 21 2016

This morning courtesy visit from @daviddavismp at his request. No negotiation without notification. My work is now focused on EU27.feedback

Oct 23 2016

Leaving sooner rather than later may make sense.feedback

Mar 20 2014

I'm absolutely convinced that this reform of the banking union is a revolution for the European banking sector and it's probably the most significant reform for us, Europeans, since the creation of the euro.feedback

Dec 19 2013

We are introducing revolutionary changes to Europe's financial sector, so that tax payers no longer foot the bill when banks make mistakes or face crises, ending the era of massive bailout.feedback

Sep 04 2013

It means there must be transparency and good supervision and that the risks taken by those in this sector – in this parallel banking sector – are subject to precautions. That there is more of a guarantee when there are risks.feedback

Mar 05 2013

This irresponsible behaviour that allows bonuses to be paid out without a limit, means certain bankers were paid more then more risks they took. That's enough, that's enough. It's over.feedback

Feb 11 2013

As far as I know there's no food safety problem. So we're not talking about a health scandal, right now. But it is a scandal. And those responsible for mis-selling or fraud must face the full force of the law.feedback

Sep 12 2012

When? After the text is approved we hope things will be in place before the end of the year and that the European Central Bank will have the power to directly supervise any banks that it believes are at risk.feedback

Jul 25 2012

Judges should have the means to punish them without any leniency. The worst offenders should go to prison.feedback

May 01 2012 - Single market

Of course, not everything is equal in the single market, but the path we have laid down is to harmonise to come together more, to have standards, common rules, and not to prevent competition, competition is part of life, what I am working for is competition which is fair and equitable. The single market is the main opportunity for growth.feedback

May 01 2012

This treaty budget is a joint ownership agreement. It was not decided by technocrats or bureaucrats here in Brussels. It was discussed by governments, by heads of state.feedback

Mar 21 2012

If a public body or country believes there isn't a level playing field, in which a European business is being prevented from working in a country, in that case, the decision makers could turn round and say: we want to block a company from that country from working in Europe. But it would have to be approved by the Commission. So, this will be on a case-by-case basis, and will only apply to contracts above five million euros.feedback

Nov 11 2011

This reinforces my conviction that Europe must have rigorous, strict and solid regulation for credit rating agencies, but not only for them.feedback

Sep 28 2011

A tax on financial transactions is economically bearable for the services, it will bring in a lot of money, and politically, it's the right thing to do.feedback

Oct 19 2010

There is going to be supervision now … European supervision. Lots is going to change.feedback

Oct 19 2010

Before, there wasn't any regulation, any supervision.feedback

Sep 22 2010

Crises have to be prevented, we have to try to anticipate them. I think that prevention costs less than reparation, and that banks should have to pay for the banks, and today we're creating the supervision framework.feedback

Jul 12 2010

We don't want to wait for a new Madoff case in Europe before we improve protection for European investors.feedback

May 18 2010

What we have in front of us are six big issues that underline the exigencies of transparency, responsibility, monitoring, and prevention to which we have committed at the European Council, to our citizens, and to the G20 at least three times. We have to deliver.feedback

Mar 19 2010

Why should our citizens foot the bill?feedback

Mar 19 2010

The financial institutions should contribute to a resolution fund. It's about making contingency plans. It is also an ethical issue.feedback

Jan 14 2010

We are going to reform, we are going to reform. No market, no financial player, no financial product, no territory will be able to escape anymore relevant regulation and effective oversight.feedback

May 25 2009

If we can fully use and maybe improve the tools for intervention that we have – storage, presentation, support for exports. We can re-examine the milk quotas so that producers will understand better that it's not only the law of the market that counts.feedback

May 18 2009

The industrialists must make an effort to have fair contracts with the producers. They should offer them in advance a fair price.feedback

Apr 23 2009

They are what they are.feedback

Mar 23 2009

I believe there has not been a Council meeting since I have been Minister of Agriculture at which I have not alerted my colleagues about the volatility and fragility of the milk market, and the necessity to preserve the tools which govern production. That is why, together with Germany, in the 'health check' I have fought to create two gatherings – in 2010 and 2012 – to take stock of the piloting of milk production, and we would like the Commission to make the first of these happen very early in 2010.feedback

Dec 19 2008

We sought and finally reached this delicate balance, it was difficult but very significant as it was achieved in a climate of cooperation. We have equilibrium between the responsible and sustainable management of fragile fisheries resources and the activities of the fishermen.feedback

Sep 29 2008

We can't reform any policy without the industry, or by opposing it, so we have to do it with them, by taking the time to listen to them as well as the environmentalists and scientists.feedback

Jun 24 2008

I contest the way it was taken. The figures are the ones we gave them, but they have interpreted them and made projections. They've run simulations that do not match ours. There is a problem. If the figures I have are off, I would say so. I'd own up to it.feedback

Jan 21 2008

Rather than pursuing the somewhat archaic all-night haggling… I'll give you cod in return for bluefish… I need herring… Give me sole… based on common policy proposals from the Commission, let us work serenely – over two meetings of the fisheries council. Let us try to set these quotas every three years instead of every year.feedback

May 24 2005

I'm quite confident in the ability of the people to understand that this text is important, that it is essential to improve the way Europe functions, to make Europe more socially fair and more democratic.feedback

Oct 18 2004 - Israel

In this terrible memorial centre it's here that we recognise those millions who were lost in the brutal darkness of those darkest nights. Now their sacrifice lives on but their example demands from us that we never forget.feedback

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