‘I’m not angry, I’m calm like a mountaineer,’ insists Michel Barnier in frosty Brexit press conference, as he warns ‘no decisive progress’ made

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Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, warned that no “decisive progress” has been made in the Brexit talks lon Thursday, as he and his British counterpart David Davis brought the third round of talks to a close at a frosty press conference in Brussels. 

Mr Barnier said a number of “useful clarifications” were made this week, such as on the status of border workers, social security rights and also dealing with pending cases in the European Court of Justice. 

But he said there has been “no decisive progress on the principal subjects.”

The French negotiator, who hails from the mountainous region of Savoie, also denied that he has appeared angry during the talks so far. 

“I am not angry, I am determined,” he said, insisting he was “calm like a mountaineer.”

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