Phil Hogan warns of UK’s ‘Three Stooges’ who know nothing about the NI border

Ireland’s EU Commissioner to tell summer school people should not listen to Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage or Jacob Rees-Mogg

Ireland’s EU Commissioner, Phil Hogan will also warn the Kennedy Summer School about the ‘short-termist psychology’ of US president Donald Trump. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Ireland’s EU Commissioner, Phil Hogan will also warn the Kennedy Summer School about the ‘short-termist psychology’ of US president Donald Trump. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

The requirements of an invisible Border on the island of Ireland after Brexit must be “de-dramatised”, Ireland’s EU Commissioner Phil Hogan will say in a speech tomorrow clearly targeted at the unionists.

Dialling down the rhetoric — presumably about the supposed constitutional implication of Border controls on the Irish Sea — will allow the “incontrovertible” reality to become clear that such a border will be “good for the UK, good for Northern Ireland, good for Ireland, and good for the EU”, he will insist, arguing that it is not up to the EU to changes its rules to accommodate such an eventuality.

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