03SEP18: Barnier's pitch

The EU Commission and the EU Council are fighting each other for control of their side of the Brexit talks. Michel Barnier’s latest pronouncement is pitched as a warning to the British, but it is really geared towards the member states. Barnier stresses his personal opposition to Chequers – because he hasn’t been given the official mandate he wants to do so yet – and he appeals directly to various industry lobbies in each member state, over the heads of their own governments. So far, the Council has given the Commission free rein because it keeps winning British concessions. If the concessions stop, the rein will be tightened, too.

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