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Will this man break Brexit Britain?

As the EU’s new trade boss, Irishman Phil Hogan has the power to determine the UK’s economic future. What will he do with it?

By Finn McRedmond   April 2020

“Big Phil” instinctively knows how to build useful relationships Photo: CHRISTOPH SOEDER/DPA/PA IMAGES

Phil Hogan, the newly-appointed EU trade commissioner, is perfectly happy to be underestimated. He now holds the ring on discussions that will settle Brexit Britain’s economic relationship with the EU. But back in the summer of 2010 he had a different role—as the secret weapon of opposition leader Enda Kenny.

Ireland was on the floor. It had suffered one of the world’s worst banking crises, necessitating a ruinously expensive bailout. The government was discredited and the…

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