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Brussels sheds no tears for Davis and Johnson
But neither of them has played a prominent role in negotiations over the U.K.'s departure from the European Union next March. The EU's main interlocutor has long been Oliver Robbins, May's top Europe adviser (poached from Davis' Department for Exiting the EU late last year). The bloc's top Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, made exactly that point at an EU summit late last month.

"Davis has only seen him [Barnier] once in three months," one EU diplomat wrote in his notes about Barnier's presentation. "Robbins is the real negotiator."

When I read that, I did a double take: the guy was officially Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union and he only met Barnier once in three months? Are you effing kidding me?
by Bernard on Tue Jul 10th, 2018 at 08:14:15 PM EST
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