Meet Richard Szostak: The EU’s new Brexit divorce mediator

Press quote (Politico)
19 March 2021

“It’s going to be all about damage limitation,” said Charles Grant, director at the Centre for European Reform think-tank. ...“The British thought that during the Brexit negotiations he sometimes took quite a hard line,” Grant said. “Nobody accused him of being too soft on the British.”

...“Szostak’s job is almost impossible at the moment,” said Grant. “I think it will be very difficult for him to get the EU to focus on what is necessary, especially since the U.K.’s rather inept misbehavior will give the EU an excuse to do nothing at all.”

...As Grant put it: “If David Frost or one of his deputies gives him a hard time, Richard will not take it lying down.”