Michel Barnier

No escaping Weyand for UK negotiators

Sabine Weyand and Michel Barner
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Sabine Weyand (R) and Michel Barnier (L) during the UK EU negotiations last year

Sabine Weyand, deputy to the EU's Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, is leaving her post.

But if UK negotiators thought they had seen the last of her formidable negotiating style - it was she who came up with damning phrases such as “unicorns” and “magical thinking" - they will have to think again.

She is to be director-general of the EU Commission's trade department and will thus be leading the EU's negotiations with the UK post Brexit on its future trade relationship.