Michel Barnier mocks Brexit Britain as he issues warning not to quit EU bloc – VIDEO | World | News


The European Union’s Chief Brexit Negotiator was speaking at European Movement Ireland’s European of the Year Award ceremony. Michel Barnier stated that Brexit did not trigger the end of the European Union as some people predicted but instead strengthen the unity within the trading bloc. 

Mr Barnier said: “Contrary to what many predicted at the time of the 2016 Brexit referendum, Brexit did not trigger the end of the European Union but the strengthening of its unity.

“Today Brexit has exposed the consequences of leaving the EU for all to see.”

The European Movement Ireland named Michel Barnier European of the Year Award.

This was the first time the award recipient was not an Irish-citizen. 

Viewers of the ceremony took to social media to share their views on the European Union’s Chief Brexit Negotiator.

One Twitter user said: “Listening to @MichelBarnier in the Q&A of the @emireland #EuropeanoftheYear Award.

“A fantastic recipient who says he feels a ‘little bit Irish’.

“As a bonus he is giving a master class in the art of negotiating – clear objectives, steady steps and leave emotions outside.”

Leave EU tweeted: “The EU are determined to stop Britain enjoying the advantages of Brexit, they still can’t accept we’re now a free, sovereign nation!”

While Irish MEP Frances Fitzgerald wrote: “Congratulations to @MichelBarnier who has just been awarded the ‘European of the Year’ by @emireland. 

“An extremely worthy winner-Ireland & Europe owe @MichelBarnier a great deal.

“Grateful for his steadfastness, patience, skill and care for Ireland throughout his career.”

Michel Barnier indicated during the ceremony that he will go back to France now that Brexit has been concluded.

While Britain voted to leave the European Union in 2016, the process of getting out of the trading bloc took four and a half years.

The European Union and the UK agreed upon a free trade agreement on Christmas Eve 2020.

The post-Brexit transition period between Britain and the EU ended on January 1 2021.

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