Brexit LIVE: Barnier taunts Boris Johnson with promise to expose private talks over 4years

Brexit: Barnier warns of ‘feelings of not being protected’

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And social media users have also suggested his book – to be entitled Brexit: The Grand Illusion – signals the former EU chief negotiator’s intention to challenge Emmanuel Macron in next year’s French Presidential election. Mr Barnier was effectively the face of the EU’s dealings with Britain after the vote to quit the bloc in 2016.

He yesterday posted: “For English speakers, happy to announce that my diary will be published in English at the beginning of October by @politybooks.”

Mr Barnier subsequently tweeted a cover of his book, which has the sub-heading “Brexit Secret Diary”.

He was given short shrift by some Twitter users, with Peter Horne responding: “You and the EU have behaved with exceptional patience dignity and forbearance in the face of petulance arrogance and rudeness on the part of our Government.

“Had I been you I would have told us to go away a long time ago and stop wasting political time energy and taxpayers money.”

Another was more succinct, saying: “I would rather watch paint dry.

“Good luck with it though.”

Not everyone was unimpressed though, with one Rejoiner commenting: “Your dignified manner and language, Mr Barnier, in dealing with a Britain that finds it expedient to employ the childish currency of “enemies”, to advance private equity interests, was greatly admired.

“I pity what Britain has already become and fear what it will become.”

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Meanwhile, plenty suggested the move revelled Mr Barnier’s political ambitions.

Spencer Dixon said: “Isn’t publishing an auto-biography a prerequisite for a presidential run in France?”

Another agreed: “A book the classic sign of a Presidential run in France. I hope you beat Macron to the run off otherwise Le Pen will make a real mess of France and Europe.”

A third said: “Michel Barnier, future President of the Republic.”

Mr Barnier himself has so far not ruled out the possibility of a tilt at the Presidency – but neither has he confirmed it.

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7.45am update: Michel Barnier had goaded Boris Johnson by tweeting his plan to publish a tell-all expose of four years of private Brexit conversations.

And social media users have also suggested his book – to be entitled Brexit: The Grand Illusion – signals the former EU chief negotiator’s intention to challenge Emmanuel Macron in next year’s French Presidential election.

Mr Barnier was effectively the face of the EU’s dealings with Britain after the vote to quit the bloc in 2016.

He yesterday posted: “For English speakers, happy to announce that my diary will be published in English at the beginning of October by @politybooks.”

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