SIR – Much is made of the Chequers meeting and the subsequent White Paper, but the Prime Minister has consistently asserted that we will be leaving the single market and the customs union. Why would that change in the White Paper? There will no doubt be some “give” along the way, but we need a strong negotiating stance. We are not without power, and neither side wants to trade on World Trade Organisation terms. Iris Clyde SIR – In your Leading Article you state that Theresa May will gather the Cabinet this week to “thrash out a compromise policy” – partly because of the obduracy of the EU. “Compromise” would seem to indicate the possibility of accepting a bad deal. But as Jacob... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium … [Read more...] about Letters: Leaving the customs union and the single market cannot be fudged
The Government of Theresa May has reportedly formulated a third possible customs arrangement with the European Union after previous proposals have fallen flat. Details of the plan have not been made public but it is understood by the British media that the plan would involve Britain exiting the European Customs Union and then forming a bilateral relationship with the bloc as a "third country." Similar plans have been proposed by the leader of the Labour opposition Jeremy Corbyn, who has also called for Britain to fully leave all of the EU's economic bodies and then develop a new trading relationship with them from outside. So @Jacob_Rees_Mogg says @theresa_may 'made a "personal contract" with the British people' re: leaving the Single Market and customs union. Well, I'm not British, so what can I say… but I'm sure there are many who have a view on that 'personal contract'… Over … [Read more...] about Britain Develops Model for Customs Union With EU
Jacob Rees-Mogg Follow 1 July 2018 • 9:30pm At Chequers, the Prime Minister must stick to her "no deal is better than a bad deal" mantra, or risk splitting the Conservative Party like Sir Robert Peel The Prime Minister said, as soon as she took office, that “Brexit means Brexit” and in the last election, in her personal contract with the British people, she declared that we would leave the single market and the customs union. At Chequers this week the nation will see if her promises are kept or if the policy advocated by a former member of the SDP wins favour. The Prime Minister’s greatest virtue is her dutifulness, without a Parliamentary majority and with a cabinet that has forgotten Lord Melbourne’s definition of collective responsibility... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only … [Read more...] about Theresa May must keep her Brexit customs union promise or risk being overthrown by Tory MPs
The Irish government has placed huge importance on maintaining a “frictionless” border on the island of Ireland. This is understandable, given the history of the border and also the need to preserve the stability engendered by the Good Friday Agreement. However, Dublin has completely placed the onus on the British government to come up with a solution.It has worked on the basis that it was the UK’s decision to leave the EU that caused the problem and hence has absented itself from making any suggestions. Its only contribution was to ask the British government to stay in the single market and customs union, something that Prime Minister Theresa May and her cabinet have ruled out as not reflecting the wishes of those who voted for Brexit.The Irish government even initially refused to enter direct talks with London on the matter, instead choosing to work only through the EU negotiators. They have belatedly gone back on that refusal as the possibility of forcing the UK to … [Read more...] about Ireland should quit customs union to avoid a hard border
THERESA May reiterated her pledge that Britain will leave both the customs union and the single market after Brexit. The Prime Minister promised to strike a free trade agreement with the EU after the transition period - but what is a customs union and what is Labour's position? What is the EU customs union? The European Union's customs union is a trade agreement between all EU member states and three other countries - Turkey, Andorra, and San Marino - which allows goods to be shipped all around the EU as long as they clear customs in one participating country. The countries sit down and decide to apply the same tariffs to goods from outside the union. Britain's membership of the customs union stops us negotiating free trade agreements with other countries. But leaving could cause problems with the Irish border and for certain sectors of industry. Leaving would lead to mandatory customs checks for every lorry from Britain to the EU until a free trade deal is struck with Brussels. … [Read more...] about What is the customs union, will Britain stay in one after Brexit and how is it different from the EU single market?