EU Commissioner Phil Hogan: Customs Union Compromise Could Open Door To Renewed Brexit Talks

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A senior commissioner within the bloc has said that the United Kingdom could clear the way to reaching an agreement on the Brexit deal if it chooses to rows back on a commitment to leave the customs union of the European Union.

Theresa May, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, is still in a stand-off with Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the opposition Labour Party, halting her last-minute bid to reach a cross-party consensus regarding the terms of the deal after her own proposed agreement was resoundingly rejected by the parliament in a vote last Tuesday night.

In an article that was published in the Irish Independent newspaper last Saturday, Phil Hogan, an Irish politician and the agriculture commissioner of the European Union, wrote that the deadlock could be broken if the United Kingdom agreed to continued to be part of the customs union.

In the same article, Hogan wrote: “More mainstream UK politicians need to drop the fanciful rhetoric and start speaking the plain, unvarnished truth.”

He added: “If Mrs May rolled back on her red line of exiting the customs union, most of the outstanding obstacles to a deal would be swept away.”

Even after the disappointing vote last Tuesday night, Downing Street maintained that the policy was for the United Kingdom to be outside any customs union, however, the officials of the European Union, have repeatedly said that if the United Kingdom chooses to drop this refusal, the bloc would be willing to negotiate on the fundamental stumbling blocks such as the Irish border.

Hogan has criticised the approach of the United Kingdom throughout the Brexit negotiations He said that facts continued to be thin on the ground in a parliamentary debate in Westminster. He added that there was precious little time left to “sort out this mess.”