European Union Commissioner for Internal Market and Services Michel Barnier addresses a news conference at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels April 9, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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The European Union's lead Brexit negotiator would like British and EU officials to work in French rather than English during the divorce talks, an EU official familiar with Brussels' Brexit task force told Reuters Friday.Using French would mark a shift away from standard practice among multinational teams in Brussels, where French lost its status to English as the EU's main working language after northern and eastern states joined in the past two decades.Most EU officials are more at ease in English.Some EU politicians have suggested that English might lose its status as one of three official EU working languages, along with French and German, as a result of Brexit.
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