EU commissioner Hogan sees ’cause for some optimism’ on Brexit talks


FILE PHOTO: European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan attends a news conference with Spain’s Agriculture Minister Luis Planas in Madrid, Spain, June 25, 2018. REUTERS/Susana Vera/File Photo

DUBLIN (Reuters) – The European Union’s incoming trade commissioner Phil Hogan on Friday said he saw “some cause for optimism” about a breakthrough in negotiations to secure an orderly British exit from the European Union, Irish broadcaster RTE reported.

“You could be forgiven for thinking that those words have a touch of Groundhog Day about them. But I want to be clear that recent events in London give us cause for some optimism,” Hogan was quoted as saying during a speech at a conference in Ireland.

“There are still clear pathways to finding a sensible outcome to this unfortunate situation,” Mr Hogan said, adding that recent events in the British parliament “have improved the likelihood of a further Brexit extension”.

Reporting by Conor Humphries; Editing by Catherine Evans

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