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Sunday 21 January 2018

Phil Hogan hopes Tory majority in UK election will mean 'Brexit flexibilty'

Joe Healy, President Irish Farmers association, Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner, and Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture at the launch of Farm Ireland. Photo: Damien Eagers
Joe Healy, President Irish Farmers association, Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner, and Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture at the launch of Farm Ireland. Photo: Damien Eagers
Ciaran Moran

Ciaran Moran

Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner Phil Hogan has said that he hopes Theresa May will secure a "big majority" after the UK general election.

He made the comments at the official launch FarmIreland.ie at an event in Dublin this evening.

Hogan said last October he predicated that a 17-seat majority for the conservative government wasn’t enough to withstand what he said were "some lunatics" on the right of the Tory party.

He said these elements were going to be difficult no matter what negotiations were going on and no matter what deal Theresa May secured for the UK.

Margaret Donnelly, Farm Ireland Editor, Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Phil Hogan, Eu Commissioner, and Stephen Rae, Group Editor-in-Chief, Independent News & Media at the launch of Farm Ireland. Photo: Damien Eagers
Margaret Donnelly, Farm Ireland Editor, Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Phil Hogan, Eu Commissioner, and Stephen Rae, Group Editor-in-Chief, Independent News & Media at the launch of Farm Ireland. Photo: Damien Eagers
EU Commissioner, Phil Hogan, and Brendan O'Connor, Sunday Independent, at the launch of Farm Ireland. Photo: Damien Eagers
Mary Newman. Photo: Damien Eagers
Tomas O'Se, Irish Independent columnist, Eu Commissioner, Phil Hogan and Stephen Rae, Group Editor-in-Chief, Independent News & Media at the launch of Farm Ireland. Photo: Damien Eagers
Alison Canavan at the launch of Farm Ireland. Photo: Damien Eagers
Theresa newman, Maria Bailey, TD, and Kate O'Connell, TD at the launch of Farm Ireland. Photo: Damien Eagers
Stephen Rae, Group Editor-in-Chief, Independent News & Media, Brendan O'Connor, Sunday Independent, Phil Hogan, EU commissioner and Barry Egan, Sunday Independent at the launch of Farm Ireland. Photo: Damien Eagers
Joe Healy, President Irish Farmers association, Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner, and Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture at the launch of Farm Ireland. Photo: Damien Eagers
Mary Delaney, ASA and Glanbia, left and Grainne Dwyer, Animal health Ireland at the launch of Farm Ireland. Photo: Damien Eagers
Suzanne Campbell, RTE, Damien O'Reilly, RTE and Roz O'Shaughnessy, Corporate Communications Manager Bord Bia at the launch of Farm Ireland. Photo: Damien Eagers
Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Tomas O'Se, Irish Independent columnist, Margaret Donnelly, Farm Ireland Editor, Phil Hogan, Eu Commissioner, and Stephen Rae, Group Editor-in-Chief, Independent News & Media at the launch of Farm Ireland. Photo: Damien Eagers
Suzanne Campbell, RTE, Damien O'Reilly, RTE and Roz O'Shaughnessy, Corporate Communications Manager Bord Bia at the launch of Farm Ireland. Photo: Damien Eagers
Joe Healy, President of the IFA, EU Commissioner, Phil Hogan, Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture and Kevin Doyle, Group Political Editor at Independent News & Media at the launch of Farm Ireland. Photo: Damien Eagers

“I am very happy that she has called this election and I hope she gets a big majority because that should give more flexibility and certainly less excuses for the UK government to arrive at compromise with the EU,” he said.

On farm payments, Hogan said he could give farmers "absolutely no assurances" on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy at this stage.

He said that “because we don’t know what the budget is ... its up to the member states and the prime ministers to decide the budget and that will be done next year.

“Only when the budget is decided will we know what budget is available to divvy out,” Hogan cautioned.

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Also speaking at the event, Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed said the critical issue for Ireland in the Brexit negotiations is that we retain tariff free market access to the UK.

“It’s the market for 40pc of our food exports, 50pc of our beef and it’s the highest paying market.

“We must ensure that the value of that market is maintained and that we are not competing with product that is produced to a lesser standard.

“There must be some handbrake on the EU to do trade deals with third countries,” the Minister warned.

Both the Minister and the Commissioner were at attending an event which saw Independent News and Media (INM) officially launch its online farming news offering FarmIreland.ie.

It is already Ireland’s most popular farming news website with 575,000 unique users in March, and growing. The FarmIreland.ie website and dedicated app went live less than six months ago and is headed up by experienced and well-known agricultural journalist Margaret Donnelly.

It brings together the experience and expertise of Independent.ie to create informative agricultural news and analysis.

INM Editor-in-Chief Stephen Rae said the agricultural and business community had embraced FarmIreland.ie, making the app the number one digital product in agri-news.

“That’s a magnificent achievement in a short space of time and proves the quality of journalism produced by the FarmIreland team,” he said.

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