Phil Hogan, the EU commissioner for agriculture has hit out at the high level of delusion over Brexit in the UK. He also called for UK to remain in the customs union in order to mitigate the impact of Brexit on Ireland and reduce risks on trade.
In an interview with the Financial Times he also dismissed Liam Fox’s trade deal preparations, saying that: “Barrier free trade in goods and services with the EU has worked more than any number of hypothetical trade agreements that Mr Fox has talked about around the world.
“They’re talking about being a soft Brexit but they’re acting in the negotiations in a way that can only lead to a hard Brexit. If there is an appetite for a pragmatic and reasonable outcome to a free-trade agreement, well then membership of the customs union would make a significant contribution to this.”