Michel Barnier met with Mr Farage in Brussels on 8 January to discuss the state of Brexit negotiations as part of his ‘open door’ policy of meeting people interested in the talks.
Though the full contents of the meeting have not been disclosed Mr Barnier told British MPs at another similar meeting that he had warned Mr Farage that he would have to ‘live with the consequences’ of Brexit.
‘It is the UK that is establishing these red lines – which are closing or opening certain doors.
It is not us’ Mr Barnier told MPs from the Northern Ireland select committee on their visit – according to an official transcript.
‘I was explaining this to Mr Farage and a number of other people responsible for the Brexit campaign the other day – who I am sure some of you are familiar with.
I said to him ‘You have to be aware of the consequences of your decisions.
It is not up to us to assume these consequences.
There is no reason for this.
You have taken a decision and you have to live with the consequences’.