Hogan slams Rees-Mogg suggestion UK should slap tariffs on Irish beef
Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has hit out at comments that Irish beef should be made a bargaining chip in a Brexit deal.
UK MP Jacob Rees-Mogg called for the valuable Irish trade to be hit with tariffs.He urged Theresa May to increase the pressure on the EU by warning of the knock-on impact of a no-deal Brexit for the Irish economy in particular.
However, Mr Hogan told the Seanad that a landing zone involving some form of customs arrangement must be in the best interests of all concerned.
“The recent statement by Jacob Rees-Mogg in relation to Irish beef is a good example of a comment that is both unhelpful and irresponsible,” said Mr Hogan.
“His comments highlight that the rift between the Brexiteers and Remainers risks going on and on.”
Jacob Rees-Mogg has described Theresa May’s preferred plan for a post-Brexit customs deal with the EU is “completely cretinous”,.
The arch-Eurosceptic branded the proposal for a customs partnership – under which Britain would collect EU import tariffs on behalf of Brussels – “a betrayal of common sense”.
The attack came as Mr Rees-Mogg, a rising favourite of Tory members to succeed Ms May, described her approach to the Brexit negotiations as “enigmatic”.