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He was mentioned in speculation as a possible President of the European Council some years ago, but I suspect his time (at 65) is now past. I suspect he will retain his seat as a back bencher until the next election however.  There has been no suggestion that he will retire from politics completely immediately.  

As a complete long shot, he could be a compromise candidate for President of either the Council or Commission next time around, as Juncker is set to retire, and I don't know what Donald Tusk's intentions are.  It could be a nod to the Brits that the EU is prepared to consider an amicable divorce.

As I said in the diary, he has built up good relationships and trust on the EU Council but I don't think he would be seen as an EU heavy weight - more a compromise if no one else can be agreed on.

But, if as I suspect, Germany and France want to drive the Brexit negotiations, they will probably not want an Anglophile at the head of the Council. Kenny would have been a possibility if the Brits had voted to stay in and there was a move to be accommodating to their concerns.

Now, not so much.

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