Phil Hogan: 'Politics has changed a lot in the last 30 years ... I'm glad to be away from it'

Hogan holds forth on the prospects of a soft border, why the British are probably looking at a second general election – and why he doesn’t mind being unpopular back home

11th June, 2017
Phil Hogan feels the idea of a hard Brexit has been ‘rejected’ by the British election result All pictures: Bryan Meade

For more than 30 years in Irish politics, he wheeled and dealt and operated at the highest levels of Fine Gael and then in government. Then Phil Hogan came to Brussels and did much the same thing. “It’s a people business,” he says. Whether it’s leadership battles in Fine Gael or crunch meetings at the Berlaymont, the European Commission’s vast HQ, the principles are the same: build alliances and cut deals....

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