BRUSSELS, Sep 10 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The elected president of the European Commission, Ursula Von der Leyen, has proposed to the Irish Phil Hogan as future commissioner of Commerce, a portfolio from which he will lead the negotiations with the United Kingdom to agree the framework of their relationship once London leaves the block .
The Irish conservator has been responsible for Agriculture and Rural Development for the past five years and during this time he has worked as a negotiator with tours around the world to promote European products and on many occasions accompanying his predecessor on trips, the Swedish Cecilia Mälmstrom.
If it finally receives the approval of the European Parliament, Hogan will now assume the responsibility of negotiating on behalf of the EU future free trade agreements and the most important will be the one that the European club has to agree with the United Kingdom to establish the framework of their relationship after Brexit.
Von der Leyen has pointed out that it is “very important” that Brussels and London agree on a “good agreement” of free trade because this will determine the relationship between the two parties in the future. In this regard, he stressed that Brexit should not be “the end of something” but “the beginning of a good decision
The future head of the Community Executive has stressed that Hogan is a “fair but determined” negotiator and that makes him the right person for the job. “It is an excellent choice,” he defended.
Von der Leyen has avoided speculating on whether the British Prime Minister will finally ask the EU for a new extension of Brexit and has preferred to wait to see “how things proceed” in London.
In any case, it has pointed out that if the United Kingdom chooses to request such an extension that delays its exit from the block again and the EU grants it to 27, Downing Street will have to propose a candidate to occupy a portfolio in the next European Commission .