STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

EU's Brexit chief Michel Barnier puts Commission ambition on hold

Barnier, a 67-year-old former French agriculture minister, has taken the lead in drawing up terms for Britain's European divorce with representatives of Prime Minister Theresa May's government.

Published: 28th September 2018 08:26 PM  |   Last Updated: 28th September 2018 08:26 PM   |  A+A-

Michel Barnier. (Photo | AFP)

By AFP

BRUSSELS: Senior EU official Michel Barnier said Friday he would not to seek his political group's nomination to become president of the European Commission and instead will focus on negotiating Brexit.

Barnier, a 67-year-old former French agriculture minister, has taken the lead in drawing up terms for Britain's European divorce with representatives of Prime Minister Theresa May's government.

But he had also been seen as one of the possible candidates of the centre-right EPP goup of parties in the European Parliament to replace Jean-Claude Juncker as the head of the EU executive next year.

"I have decided today not to run for the nomination as the EPP's European elections lead campaigner at EPP Helsinki," Barnier wrote on Twitter.

The EPP, the Strasbourg parliament's biggest group, is due to meet in the Finnish capital in November to choose a so-called "spitzenkandidat" -- from the German for "lead candidate" -- to lead its campaign for the European elections in May next year.

The group's nominee is expected to be a frontrunner for the top job at the European Commission, the most powerful post in Brussels.

ALSO READ | Boris Johnson draws up a fresh Brexit plan with reduced customs duties

The spitzenkandidat method of selecting a commission president is not enshrined in EU law and Barnier's decision not to seek the EPP nomination does not definitely rule him out.

"It is my duty and responsibility to continue the Brexit negotiations right to the end," Barnier wrote.

Britain is due to leave the European Union in March next year following the 2016 Brexit referendum, but first Barnier and May's team will try to arrange the terms for an amicable departure.

Stay up to date on all the latest World news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp