Who will negotiate Brexit?
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Today is the day: Great Britain officially begins proceedings to leave the EU by triggering Article 50. While we’ve heard a lot about the deals, the consequences, and the potential things that could happen, who are the people that are going to try and negotiate the best deal for us in this landmark process? Everyone knows that the most important people in terms of leaders will be our Prime Minister, Theresa May, a previously quiet Remain supporter now following through on the 52% vote’s result, and Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany and regarded as one of the most powerful leaders in the world right now - she is often referred to as the European Union’s de facto leader. However, who are the people behind the scenes? We have all the key facts you need: Michel Barnier Appointed by the European Commission as the chief negotiator of the Brexit plan, the former French Europe minister has previously ensured rights of foreign people in other countries, namely Polish students and Romanian nurses living in the UK. He has only spoken publicly on Brexit twice since being appointed last year, just last week warning that he would be unwavering in explaining exactly “what leaving the European Union means for the country that leaves but also the member states”. His job will see him working opposite the UK’s Brexit secretary, David Davis. David Davis The UK’s Brexit secretary will be working directly with the European Commission and Michel Barnier in negotiating the best deal possible for when the UK eventually leaves the EU in two years’ time. Despite holding Eurosceptic views he previously served as John Major’s Europe minister, helping to negotiate some of the EU agreements he will now set out to undo under Theresa May. Sarah Healey
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