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In an interview with the New York Review of Books, Barnier identified "typically British" causes for the vote to leave, saying one was "the hope for a return to a powerful global Britain, nostalgia for the past".
He also warned Tory leadership hopefuls that Theresa May's withdrawal agreement was the only option for leaving the EU.
Speaking about anti-EU sentiment across the continent, he said: "People on the ground feel lost, that they have been abandoned; they feel their cultural identity is in danger … we have to respect these local identities. "The more the economy is global, the more people need to be reassured that their roots will be respected."
"If the UK wants to leave in an orderly manner, this treaty is the only option," Barnier said. "If the choice is to leave without a deal – fine. If the choice is to stay in the EU – also fine."