Of course Barnier would never have the audacity to direct his de-dramatisation remarks to the Leader of the Free World; he knows his place – and his powers. His remarks in Brussels were instead levelled at Theresa May and her latest manifestation of a Brexit negotiation team, salvaged from the wreckage of the July Chequers meeting, mere weeks ago.
He described this as the need to "negotiate continuously", code for keeping the British team nailed...
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