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15:14Theresa May Stares Down Revolt Over EU Customs Union

24 April 2018, 04:04 | Colleen Roy

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The customs union sets tariffs for all EU member states meaning goods can be moved from one country to another within the bloc without further taxes being imposed.

According to the report, the PM and her top aides "will not be crying into our beer" if Parliament forces such an outcome on the Government.

Ministers are now bracing themselves for a new vote on a customs union in the Commons on Thursday, following last week's thumping defeat of the EU Withdrawal Bill in the Lords.

The battle over customs rules is likely to reach a climax in a Commons vote as early as next month.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove tweeted yesterday that "the referendum vote was clear - we need to take back control of trade - that means leaving the protectionist customs union". The Times reported in Monday's edition that May favors a close partnership deal in which the United Kingdom conducts the EU's customs checks on the bloc's behalf, but that some of her ministers believe this won't work.

The EU has rejected both proposals but Eurosceptics fear that one of them, a "customs partnership" could create a path to a customs union with the EU.

"The route we're going for is leaving the customs union but ensuring that we don't put in place unnecessary barriers to our trade with the European Union", Justice Secretary David Gauke said on the BBC's "Andrew Marr Show" on Sunday.

Ministers argued that including the Charter - which guarantees certain human rights for all EU citizens - in the bill would continue to give the European Court of Justice some say over the United Kingdom statute book after Brexit.

Yet John Redwood, the Tory backbencher, said on Monday he did not feel that Downing Street's reiteration of the plan to leave any form of customs union had been necessary. This means the United Kingdom is not allowed to broker its own trade deals.

Last week, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson warned that failing to leave the union would be worse than no Brexit at all.

The most sensible way forward is for the United Kingdom as a whole to remain within a customs union with the EU and to allow Northern Ireland to remain within the single market. They argue this could boost jobs and the economy.

Lord Keen warned that to incorporate the whole of the charter into United Kingdom law would do "serious damage" to the constitutional settlement post-Brexit. They have insisted the United Kingdom must remain in a union if a hard border with the Republic of Ireland or a sea border within the United Kingdom is to be avoided.

Critics of the customs union say it will allow Britain to strike its own deals with countries around the world.

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