RPT-French ex-commissioner to lead EU Brexit talks

July 27, 2016 9:09 AM

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BRUSSELS, July 27 European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker appointed Michel Barnier, a former commissioner and an ex-minister, to lead negotiations to form a new relationship with Britain after it leaves the European Union.

Barnier, a centre-right politician who has been France's foreign minister and minister for agriculture, will take up his post on October 1.

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