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Clean Brexit: Prime Minister Promises UK Will Leave Customs Union

Clean Brexit: Prime Minister Promises UK Will Leave Customs Union

Only a customs union can be the foundation of a solution. One of May's senior aides told a meeting last month that her team would "not be crying into our beer" if Parliament forces the Government's hand.

The Prime Minister's office has reportedly responded to the pressure coming from the party's right-wing by suggesting that an upcoming parliamentary vote on whether Britain will remain in the Customs Union will be a "confidence vote" in the government itself, suggesting that a defeat would lead to the collapse of the government and not just Mrs May's leadership.

Although the outcome of any vote will not be binding on the Government, May is aware that the Commons is also likely to be in favour of a soft Brexit, The Independent's John Rentoul adds.

Over the weekend, reports claimed Theresa May had privately said the United Kingdom might stay in a customs union with the bloc, unable to control trade police, after unelected Peers voted to stay in such a union.

However, Mrs May said she wants to leave the trade regime, claiming the United Kingdom can make better trade agreements with countries such as the U.S. and Australia outside the bloc.

MPs vote on a motion to compel the government to drop its policy on the customs union later this week.

The main topic will be a discussion of the U.K.'s aims for worldwide trade after Brexit, according to the official, and will nearly certainly involve consideration of the customs deal the country will seek to reach with the bloc. This means the United Kingdom is not allowed to broker its own trade deals.

Who supports leaving the customs union?

Rees-Mogg believes that after leaving the union, the United Kingdom should phase out all tariffs, in order to reduce consumer prices and stimulate competition. May could threaten to ask parliament to call an election if she loses a vote on the customs union, or she could threaten to resign. They argue this could boost jobs and the economy.

The Confederation of British Industry has called for the United Kingdom to remain in the customs union, while the Labour Party has also backed a similar arrangement.

Supporters of the customs union say it would help to keep an open border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

For most Conservative MPs, leaving the customs union is an indispensable step towards their vision of Global Britain, with new trade deals around the world.

"Turkey has a customs union with the EU but isn't in the bloc or the single market", the news website notes.


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