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