Barnier warns business to prepare for cliff edge Brexit after talks setback

Posted April 27, 2018

The, or a, customs union is one of the main flashpoints in the debate over Britain's impending exit from the EU and Brexit campaigners are sensitive to any suggestion that Britain might stay in such an association with the bloc.

She said: "I'm committed to the Government's position, which to some extent we are still working on".

Davis told the Brexit committee he expects government policy on Brexit to be upheld by politicians, insisting the government would win the critical looming vote on leaving the EU customs union. She replied: "I'm afraid I'm not going to be drawn on that".

For those who wanted Britain to remain in the EU, securing membership of the customs union would mark a significant weakening of Brexit and, in their eyes, lessen the potential damage to the economy.

The PM has been at pains to reassure anxious Brexiteers in her party that she will not be swayed by attempts in parliament - including a defeat in the House of Lords last week - to keep Britain in the customs union. This is not just about free trade agreements, this is about frictionless trade, this is about jobs and investment and supply chains.

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Lawmakers debated yesterday whether Britain should stay in a customs union with the EU after Brexit, as supporters reported growing parliamentary opposition to the government's plans for future ties with the bloc.

Brussels diplomats say that, as things stand, the United Kingdom would only get a Canada-style deal with the European Union after Brexit, which would not avoid a return of the Border in Ireland.

The Prime Minister is now exclusively focused on internal party management and masking the divisions within her government.

"In every other aspect we are effectively remaining in the European Union as a vassal state".

He said to exclude a number of important European Union rights from domestic law would lead to a lack of certainty and continuity, providing a "recipe for confusion" after Brexit.

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The motion put before Parliament this autumn on the final Brexit agreement will be amendable by MPs and its outcome will be binding on the Government, David Davis has said.

Labour Home Affairs Committee chairwoman Yvette Cooper and Treasury select committee chairwoman Ms Morgan said in a joint statement: "We both believe the case for a customs union is overwhelming - for the sake of British manufacturing, worldwide trade, smooth borders and Northern Ireland peace".

"Legal backstop option -. keeping Northern Ireland in the customs union", the deck says.

She said: 'Coming out of the customs union means that we will be free to have those deals, deals that suit the UK.

The Prime Minister does not have huge personal support among her MPs, and there are many on both the pro- and anti-Brexit sides who would like to see her gone from Downing Street.

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