French ex-commissioner to lead EU Brexit talks

July 27, 2016 11:06 AM

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French ex-commissioner to lead EU Brexit talks

BRUSSELS A French Gaullist politician who introduced a swathe of European financial regulation following the global financial crisis was appointed on Wednesday to lead negotiations on Britain's withdrawal from the European Union.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker chose Michel Barnier, a former EU commissioner and center-right French foreign and agriculture minister, in a choice that may antagonize Britain's euroskeptic Conservatives.

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