Newton Emerson: Ireland, North and South, will miss Phil Hogan’s voice on Brexit

EU trade commissioner had shown he was able to see the issue on an Irish and British scale

Phil Hogan: it would be a mistake to think unionists or the UK government were enjoying his troubles and now his departure. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Phil Hogan: it would be a mistake to think unionists or the UK government were enjoying his troubles and now his departure. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Last September, on the day he was appointed European trade commissioner, Phil Hogan made an ingenious suggestion.

A new all-Ireland oversight body could be set up to manage the Brexit backstop through “the North-South dimension in the context of the Good Friday agreement”, he told a press conference.

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