My Secret Brexit DiaryA Glorious Illusion
My Secret Brexit Diary
A Glorious Illusion
Translated by Robin Mackay

In June 2016, the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. As the EU’s chief negotiator, for four years Michel Barnier had a seat at the table as the two sides thrashed out what ‘Brexit’ would really mean. The result would change Britain and Europe forever.

During the 1600 days of complex and often acrimonious negotiations, Michel Barnier kept a secret diary. He recorded his private hopes and fears, and gave a blow-by-blow account as the negotiations oscillated between consensus and disagreement, transparency and lies.

From Brussels to London, from Dublin to Nicosia, Michel Barnier’s secret diary lifts the lid on what really happened behind the scenes of one of the most high-stakes negotiations in modern history.  The result is a unique testimony from the ultimate insider on the hidden world of Brexit and those who made it happen.

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  • October 2021
  • 450 pages
  • 152 x 229 mm / 6 x 9 in
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About the Author
Michel Barnier was the chief Brexit negotiator for the European Union and head of the European Commission’s Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom.
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"This is a political thriller: 500 pages of twists and turns, advances and setbacks, taking place behind the scenes in an altogether extraordinary negotiation."
Nicolas Demorand, France Inter

"The former European chief negotiator has delivered his Brexit novel: a unique experience of four and a half years recounted day by day, in the theatre of the powerful with its noble aims and petty squabbles, its backtracking and its bluffs, its laughter and its tears, including very personal ones.  And it’s absolutely riveting."
Mathieu Laine, Les Échos

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