EU’s Brexit chief negotiator Michael Barnier tests positive for COVID-19

Michel Barnier at the 2014 European People's Party Congress on 7 March, 2014 in Dublin, Ireland. Photo via EPP on

“I have tested positive for #COVID19” tweeted the 69-year-old French politician this afternoon. Michael Barnier added that he remains optimistic, feels quite well, and follows the instructions for those infected with Coronavirus. He currently resides in his house in France, isolating himself as per those requirements.

He also sent his regards to everyone affected by the pandemic, promising that they get through the crisis together.

Meanwhile, Michael Barnier’s colleagues have started to announce their plans to get checked for COVID-19. Ursula von der Leyen, the 61-years-old EU Commission President, has a screening scheduled, according to her spokesperson Eric Mamer.

The EU and Britain currently face more than 80 thousand cases of COVID-19. Brexit trade talks, planned to be held in London this March, had already been canceled before Michael Barnier’s statement. Nevertheless, on March 18 the EU and the UK exchanged legal drafts containing proposals for their forthcoming relationship. The documents contain agreements on aviation and nuclear safety and agreements on free trade. Despite the Coronavirus crisis, both sides promise to analyze each other’s proposals within the following week.


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