EU negotiator says: ‘Rather than stay shoulder to shoulder with the union, the British chose to be on their own again’

Michel Barnier caused irritation in Downing Street on Wednesday with a speech in which he appeared to link Britain’s vote to leave the EU with global solidarity in the battle against Isis.

Speaking at a security conference in Berlin, the European commission’s chief negotiator in the Brexit talks spoke about the shock across the rest of the EU at the referendum result last year – and linked it to the collective struggle against terrorism.

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