Davis negotiating with Belgian car salesman he mistook for Michel Barnier
ALL of David Davis’ Brexit talks have been with a random Belgian man he mistook for EU negotiator Michel Barnier, it has emerged.
In an Andrew Marr interview, Davis revealed a mix-up with directions led him to repeatedly visit a Nissan showroom in Brussels and talk to a salesman called ‘Pierre’.
Davis said: “It was an easy mistake to make because he looked a bit like Barnier and it’s hard to tell what foreigners are saying, although I did think it was odd his office was full of cars.
“When I used my impeccable French to say ‘Bonjour, je suis le Brexit man!’ he appeared to recognise me and took a selfie, so naturally I assumed I was with the EU’s top negotiator.
“I began discussing Brexit at length, pausing only for Pierre to show cars to people. With hindsight that was strange, but I assumed it was a negotiating tactic designed to unsettle me.”
He added: “On the third day he said ‘David, you should really only come here if you want to buy a car’, so to keep Brexit on track I have bought a 1.4 litre Nissan Micra. It’s all good.”