UK will leave customs union, insists No 10

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The federal government has restated its commitment in order to leaving the EU’s custom marriage – ahead of a symbolic election on the issue this week.

Last Wednesday, the government experienced defeat on the EU Withdrawal Costs in the House of Lords on the concern of staying in a UK-EU traditions union after Brexit.

And MPs will get their own opportunity to debate the issue on Thursday.

But a older Downing Street source told the particular BBC the government’s position may not change.

“We will not be staying in the customs marriage or joining a customs partnership, ” the source said.

BBC assistant political editor Grettle Smith said Downing Street’s proceed was an attempt to reassure Brexiteers worried about a U-turn following the Lords defeat and pressure from the EUROPEAN UNION.

A customs union is usually when countries agree to apply exactly the same taxes on imports to items from outside the union.

This means when goods have removed customs in one country, they can be delivered to others in the union with out further tariffs being imposed.

If the UK remains area of the customs union, it would be unable to hit trade deals with countries around the world.

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But supporters state it would help to keep an open border in between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Labour has called for the united kingdom to join a new customs union post-Brexit, saying it would leave the current a single but negotiate a treaty soon after that would “do the work of the traditions union”.

But talking on a visit to a business in the West Midlands, Mrs May said leaving the particular customs union would allow the UK in order to strike new trade deals all over the world, adding that she was looking for a “frictionless” border with the EUROPEAN.

Brexit-supporting former ressortchef (umgangssprachlich) John Whittingdale told BBC Information Thursday’s non-binding vote would be “a piece of theatre” but would have “no significance at all”.

But he predicted pressure for that government when the EU Withdrawal Costs returned to the House of Commons in the coming weeks, saying curing peers’ amendments could prove “more challenging”.

More crisis votes are expected when Remain-supporting MPs try to amend the trade plus customs bills to put more stress on the government to negotiate the customs union.


By Eleanor Garnier, BBC political correspondent

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Theresa Might has made leaving the customs marriage central to her whole approach to Brexit.

Downing Street’s decision to reiterate its long-held position demonstrates concern at the top of authorities.

This week’s debate will be purely symbolic and can not tie the government’s fingers.

But it can give an indication of the opposition the best minister might face in a crisis vote on the issue next month.

With sabre-rattling through both sides of the argument, Downing Street felt sufficiently worried in order to clarify its position overnight.

The home of Lords is continuing the examination of the government’s key EUROPEAN Withdrawal Bill this week.

Last week’s amendment would not always keep the UK in the customs partnership – but would commit ministers to reporting on steps to work out a continued union.

Meanwhile the Times reports that will Theresa May is facing stress from Brexit-supporting ministers on the traditions issue.

The review focuses on one of the two possible choices put forward by Mrs May final month that would involve the UK impacting the same checks as the EU whenever goods arrive at its borders which are destined for the EU.

The Times said Brexit Secretary Brian Davis, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox, and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson were concerned this would “encourage Brussels to press for The uk to stay in a customs union right after Brexit”.

Mr Sibel is due to speak about the opportunities associated with Brexit in a speech to the economic industry on Monday.

In comments released beforehand, this individual said: “We will work with outdated allies and new partners around the globe, utilising the UK’s economic power and diplomatic prowess to create new trading relationships.

“Ultimately, our task is to take away the unnecessary regulation, bureaucracy and bureaucracy that inhibit the free business in services.

“Whatever one’s view on the referendum outcome, it must be acknowledged that, outside the EUROPEAN, this country will enjoy a new level of economic agility. ”