Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe with the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid in Downing Street last night
11, Downing Street, London
“If the United Kingdom became a third country, it would have a fundamental effect on the nature of the economic relationship between the United Kingdom and Ireland because obviously, they would be outside the single market, they would be outside the customs unions and they would be treated like other countries that are outside of the European Union from a trading point of view. Were that to happen – which it would in the event of a no-deal Brexit – it would fundamentally change the relationship that is there.”
…In Brussels, the European Commission insisted it was open to talks but made clear Theresa May’s Brexit agreement was “the best possible deal” Britain was going to get.
That position was underlined by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, who insisted that the Withdrawal Agreement, including the backstop, could not be re-opened.
The latest exchanges followed reports from Brussels that EU officials had concluded that Boris Johnson’s new government had no intention of negotiating and that its “central scenario” was a no-deal break on 31 October.
Phil Hogan in hearing at EP AGRI committee. I challenged him on Mercosur, he responds that I should be concentrating on Brexit???
For record I work on both issues but this is latest example of his unsuitability for role! pic.twitter.com/NQ1IOjvkZx
Newly elected European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and (very) outgoing President Jean-Claude Juncker.
I like this emerging tradition that the EU Commissioner must have a name that would make a good villain in a Die Hard movie. The new EU Supremo’s name Ursula von der Leyen isn’t quite as good as the last one, the all-time classic Jean-Claude Juncker, but the custom is carried on. https://t.co/TuNLWekZdV
Ireland’s EU Commissioner Phil Hogan with Leo Varadkar in 2012
There had been some speculation in recent days that the former Fine Gael minister and election organiser might lose out due to the anger of Irish farmers over the EU-Mercosur draft deal allowing large quantities of South American meat into European markets.
But today the Cabinet is expected to give the former Kilkenny TD the nod for another five years in the post, which has a salary package of €300,000 per year.
Phil Hogan left Irish politics during recessionary times in 2014, as his name was associated with two new taxes, the ill-starred domestic water charges and the local property tax.
From left: Christine Lagarde, new president of the European Central Bank; Charles Michel, president of the European Council, Josep Borrell, EU foreign policy chief. Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission and David Sassoli, president of the EU Parliament
This is brilliant. “How can Europe be safe in these people’s hands?”.
Andrew Neil destroys a pro-EU journalist’s attempts to defend the disastrously bad appointments of new EU officials. Brutal, but hugely watchable….Neil at his best. pic.twitter.com/AmBBRuZCBW
German educational design studio Kurzgesagt applies its trademark balanced analysis to the upcoming EU elections. To wit:
Being a citizen of the European Union means that many aspects of our lives are regulated by a weird entity. It feels like a huge bureaucracy is making decisions over our heads. How democratic is the EU really and does your vote actually affect anything?