These are the key people who will handle the divorce of the UK from the European Union, also known as Brexit.
In Brussels, the president of the European Commission has appointed as chief negotiator Michel Barnier, a former French Minister and European Commissioner. Read his profile in this article by Politico. At the European Council, which represents national governments, an internal task force chaired by Didier Seeuws, a Belgian civil servant, will be in charge of the political accords. The European Parliament has selected as negotiator Guy Verhofstadt, former Prime Minister of Belgium and current leader of the Liberals Democrats at the European Parliament. More on the EU Brexit negotiators in this Bloomberg article.
In the UK, Prime Minister Theresa May has created a new Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU), which will work with the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of International Trade. The three Brexiteers in chief are Boris Johnson, David Davis and Liam Fox respectively.
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon also appointed a new minister for the Brexit negotiations with the UK government, Michael Russell.
Over the summer, while Theresa May was on holiday in Switzerland, the Brexiteers have been involved in a spat on how their powers should be shared. Nothing, however, like the brutal fights between Larry, the cat of 10 Downing Street, and Palmerston, the cat of the Foreign Office, reported in The Telegraph. They were also joined by Gladstone, the Chief Mouser of the Treasury.
Forecasts for the coming months:
This post was published on 26 August 2016 and updated on 9 September 2016 with the addition of Guy Verhofstadt and Gladstone, and on 28 September with Bloomberg’s article.