The EU parliament vowed to override Jean-Claude Juncker’s hand-picked negotiator and seek its own talks with Britain. MEPs said Frenchman Michel Barnier has “no mandate” to make a bargain with the UK on their behalf and instead prepared to unveil their own list of Brexit demands. In a furious warning shot influential German politician Manfred Weber warned Europe's leaders they would be “well advised to listen to” the EU parliament, which has the power to sink any exit deal. The conservative MEP also described the task of uncoupling Britain from the rest of Europe as “mission impossible” and said it will “create a lot of damage, especially for the Brits”. His outburst marks the escalation of a growing turf war within Brussels over who will take control of the Brexit talks, with parliamentarians feeling sidelined in the process. The European Council, made up of the 27 leaders, and Mr Juncker’s Commission have stitched together a pact designed to give themselves primary influence in the negotiations. The Brussels boss personally appointed Mr Barnier, a former agriculture French minister, to lead the delicate negotiations over Britain’s future relations with the EU.
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