Blog: Michel Barnier, hardline Brexit negotiator, embraces Euroscepticism | News – The Times

As the European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier was famed for his hardline stance and firm opposition to Britain “cherry-picking” the terms of its departure.

Now back in France and hoping to run for the presidency, he appears to have conveniently forgotten this episode and — whisper it — is sounding almost Eurosceptic. Speaking to a Republicans party gathering in Nîmes, he said that it was time for France to “regain” its legal sovereignty and “no longer be subjected to the judgments of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) or the European Court of Human Rights”.

Barnier, 70, is an underdog in a five-way race to be anointed as the Republicans challenger to President Macron in April’s elections.

As part of his campaign, in

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