EU commissioner Phil Hogan has said there is a "high probability" of a no-deal on Brexit, after warning of a “messy” few weeks ahead.
Speaking at the MacGill Summer School in Donegal, the agriculture commissioner spoke about US President Donald Trump, problems around Brexit as well as international trade.
Asked by journalists after his speech about the possibility now of a no-deal on Brexit, Mr Hogan responded:
Nonetheless, Mr Hogan said the October deadline for a withdrawal deal on Brexit was “realistic with goodwill”.
Earlier, during his address to the Glenties summer school, the commissioner advised that the EU and Ireland needed to “bully” back US president Donald Trump.
Mr Hogan also warned of a “messy few weeks” ahead with the transatlantic trade war as well as Brexit.
He advised that Ireland needed to “bypass” the White House when it came to dealing with the US administration. Furthermore, more than 70% of foreign direct investment into the US came from the EU and the amount itself had doubled over the last 15 years, the audience was told.
Mr Hogan asked what was the problem with the US administration, added:
“What is wrong with them?”
EU Agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan asks what is the problem with the US and trade with EU.July 23, 2018
The former minister also advocated the need for a good outcome on Brexit for EU and Ireland.
But Ireland also needed to see a 'so-called' backstop agreed for the North, Mr Hogan said, adding:
“But, as an absolute priority, the EU needs to see our backstop or insurance mechanism in the Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol nailed down – to ensure that, no matter what, as Prime Minister May pledged again last Friday, there will be no going back to any physical infrastructure at the border.”