March 5, 2020 / 1:11 PM / 23 days ago

EU's Hogan says 'mood music' in Brexit talks has improved

FILE PHOTO: European Trade Commissioner-designate Phil Hogan (L) greets European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier in the European Council building in Brussels, Belgium, October 17, 2019. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

DUBLIN (Reuters) - The start of negotiations between the European Union and Britain about their future relations has improved the “mood music” between the two after weeks of disturbing rhetoric from London, EU trade chief Phil Hogan said on Thursday.

Hogan expressed hope that tough remarks from London amounted to “grandstanding” ahead of serious negotiations.

“I’m glad to say that the mood music as the week has gone on in Brussels between the UK and the European Union has improved,” he told a conference in Dublin.

Reporting by Padraic Halpin; Additional reporting by Philip Blenkinsop in Brussels; Editing by Peter Graff

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