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"We must recover our legal sovereignty,” Michel Barnier told a rally last week.

 “We should no longer be subject to rulings by the European Court of Justice or the European Court of Human Rights!”

This is, of course, the same Michel Barnier who kept insisting during the Brexit talks that Britain remain subordinate to both those courts. But that was then. Barnier, in those days, was part of the system. A loyal Europhile, he wanted Brussels to be as puissant as possible. 

Now that he is running for office, he sings a very different song. The man who kept insisting that free movement of people was indispensable to the EU now wants a moratorium on immigration and changes to the Schengen deal.

Daniel Hannan,  September 12th, 2021


The EU would eventually be brought down, he had argued, by anti-German feeling in Europe. No, I replied, it would eventually be brought down by anti-European feeling in Germany. 

Daniel Hannan,  September 18th, 2012


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