HANDELSBLATT EXCLUSIVE Britain Keeping EU in the Dark about Brexit Representative

Brexit negotiations are due to start soon, but the EU still has not received a clear answer from London about who will represent Britain.
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The European Union still does not know who will represent the United Kingdom in the upcoming Brexit negotiations, Handelsblatt has learned.

EU diplomats, who requested anonymity, told Handelsblatt that the British government has not given a clear answer about who will sit across the table from EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier.

David Davis, the UK’s Brexit minister, should represent Britain, but London has not responded to inquiries to confirm whether or not Mr. Davis has in fact been selected as the UK’s representative.

Given the uncertainty, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker intends to ask British Prime Minister Theresa May at an upcoming working dinner who will represent Britain at the negotiating table.

Mr. Juncker will also sound out Ms. May on the EU exit proceedings under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and relay her views to the upcoming EU summit on Saturday, where the 27 remaining member states aim to adopt a common negotiating position.