Michel Barnier has been named by the European Commission to represent them in negotiations with the UK over Brexit. Barnier will take over his new role on 1 October 2016, but will not begin any negotiations until the British Prime Minister signs Article 50.
Barnier said on Twitter:
“Honoured to be entrusted UK negotiation by @JunckerEU and @EU_Commission. Rendez-vous for beginning of demanding task on 1 October”.
Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, said:
“I am very glad that my friend Michel Barnier accepted this important and challenging task. I wanted an experienced politician for this difficult job”.