Customs Union

Boris Johnson Declines to Say If He'd Resign Over Customs Union

U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson declined to say whether he’d resign if Parliament forced the prime minister into staying in the customs union …

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Borders are about more than just trade - that's why Canada would never enter a customs union with the US

Should the UK leave the EU Customs Union? As a Canadian, it’s not my job to decide. But given that my country’s economic relationship with its closest trading partner, the United States, is regularly compared with that of the UK to the EU, Canada’s experience could still be of use to our British …

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What is the customs union and why is it a make or break issue for Brexit?

Decision time is looming on Brexit.<p>After months of dithering, delay and obfuscation, the Prime Minister can no longer kick the can down the …

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Theresa May to take UK out Customs Union after Tory Brexiteers threaten to oust her

The Prime Minister will not do a U-turn on hardline stance after pro-Brexit MPs signalled any backsliding would mean the end of her tenure.<p>Theresa …

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Front Bench: Theresa May is being pulled in both directions over the customs union, but Parliament holds the whip hand

<b>A sample of today's Front Bench morning politics email is below. If you like what you see, sign up here. Don't forget to vote in the poll and leave your reasoning in the comments below. The best responses will feature in this afternoon's Brexit Briefing.</b><p>Front Bench<p>Did Downing Street threaten to …

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Brexit: Partnership would lead to 'full-blown customs union'

Clwyd West MP and former Brexit minister David Jones has dismissed the idea that the UK might form a customs partnership with the EU after it leaves the bloc.<p>The UK government has dismissed claims that it may perform a U-turn and accept continued membership of a customs union to solve the question …

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Theresa May should not wait for Tory rebels to decide her customs union plan

This week isn't the first wobble we've seen from Theresa May in her commitment to ensuring Brexit Britain can maximise its independent trading potential outside of the EU's customs union, but it has been her biggest yet.<p>Downing Street has had to insist yet again that its plans have not changed, …

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Theresa May's Irish 'trilemma': who stands to win and lose in the Brexit customs union battle?

Theresa May has once again been forced to reassure Brexiteers that the UK is leaving the EU’s Customs Union.<p>As speculation grew over the weekend that Mrs May might renege on her promise, a No 10 spokesman was again forced to recommit: “It remains the case that Government policy as set out in the …

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The Tories can still avoid the customs union bear traps – and prevent Corbyn from coming to power

Theresa May and the Conservatives have had a better few months. While the Windrush debacle has been deeply embarrassing for all concerned, the Government has nevertheless proved to be stronger and more competent than many detractors allowed.<p>In rallying most western countries into a joint and …

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Downing Street rules out U-turn on customs union pledge

UK will leave single market and customs union, No 10 maintains, as MPs prepare for key debate<p>Downing Street has insisted it will not back down on leaving the customs union, as pro-Brexit MPs signalled their resolve over the issue ahead of a key week for the future of the UK’s relations with …

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Sajid Javid and Michael Gove blast May's plans to U-turn on leaving the customs union

Cabinet ministers including Sajid Javid and Michael Gove have threatened a revolt if Theresa May U-turns on her promise to leave the customs union …

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Theresa May 'could quit' next month if government loses key Brexit vote

Theresa May is reportedly set to quit if she loses a key Brexit vote next month, it was reported this morning.<p>Number 10 is considering a vote on the …

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U.K. Lawmakers Battle Over Brexit Customs Union

Theresa May faces cabinet pressure over fears that she will break her promise to take the U.K. out of the customs union #tictocnews …

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Front Bench: Why are Brexiteers so worried about the customs union fight? Because they might just lose it

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Theresa May to dare Tory rebels to vote against her on Brexit and risk collapse of Government

Theresa May is considering daring her own MPs to vote against her on Brexit and potentially risk bringing down the Government in a crunch Commons showdown next month.<p>The Prime Minister will reportedly turn a bid by Tory rebels to keep the UK in a customs union with the European Union into an …

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There is no need for the Irish border issue to force us to remain in the EU customs union

For a few weeks, Westminster’s preoccupation with Brexit was supplanted by the diplomatic and military implications of the Salisbury poisoning outrage and the use of chemical weapons in Syria. Inevitably, however, the gravitational pull of the UK’s decision to leave the EU has reasserted itself. …

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If Theresa May caves on the customs union, the consequences will be stark

Remain in the Customs Union? I don’t think so!<p>Back in 2012 when I was Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party, I had a major falling out with David Cameron over Ukip when he was PM.<p>For some years, I had coordinated the Parliamentary Party’s campaigning effort and I had witnessed the inexorable …

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Brexit: Five steps to understanding the EU Customs Union

The government has restated its commitment to leaving the EU's Custom Union - ahead of a symbolic vote on the issue this week.<p>But what is it? We explain.

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Theresa May cannot assume her ministers will swallow a customs union

Theresa May faces mounting pressure over her plans to leave the EU's customs union, with the House of Lords turning the thumbscrews on her last week by demanding that she considers the idea of recreating it for Brexit Britain (even though she has been vehement that doing so would "betray" Leave …

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Theresa May vows she won't bow to Remainers' demands we stay in EU's Customs Union

LEAVING the Customs Union is a Government “red line” which will not be crossed, Downing Street sources insist.<p>And Prime Minister Theresa May will …

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Theresa May must not show weakness to EU says Sammy Wilson

<b>Prime Minister Theresa May must not show any signs of weakness to EU negotiators, the DUP's Sammy Wilson has said.</b><p>A group of senior MPs has forced a vote on whether or not the UK should be in some form of a customs union with the EU.<p>The Sunday Times has reported that Mrs May may have to accept …

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Without a seat at the table, customs union membership is worthless

There is something surreal about the customs union debate. I can’t remember how many times I watched politicians stand up and laud the possibilities of an independent British trade policy after Brexit during the referendum campaign, but it was a lot.<p>Yet in the next month, Parliament may well seek …

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Letters: Voters won’t forgive breaking manifesto pledge to leave customs union

SIR – I welcome the insistence by No 10 that the Government will honour its manifesto pledge to leave the customs union.<p>This may be in a different league from tuition fees, but as any Lib Dem will tell you, the price of taking the electorate for fools and reneging on an explicit promise is …

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Staying in the EU's customs union would leave Britain a sitting duck

<i>To be bound by EU decisions, without having any input, makes us vulnerable to being abused</i><p>Leaving the customs union doesn’t sound like much of a cause. After all, who wants to die in a ditch over beef tariffs or toy safety regulations? But appearances can be deceiving.<p>This week, the House of …

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Government facing defeat over customs union

<b>PUBLISHED:</b> 11:22 22 April 2018<p>The government is facing defeat in the Commons over remaining in a European customs union Photo: PA<p>PA Wire/PA …

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Brexiteers fury over fears Theresa May might be forced to keep Britain in the Customs Union after we leave the EU

BREXITEERS are said to be furious over fears Theresa May could be forced to keep Britain in the EU's Customs Union after we leave.<p>Boris Johnson and …

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There must be no compromise on the customs union

It is very simple: Britain must leave the customs union. Theresa May has consistently said this, and has offered the European Union interesting solutions for handling the technical problems that would arise from a hard border with Ireland. The EU rejected them out of hand in the same week that …

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We have just six months to save Brexit from the terrible mess Theresa May is making

<i>Don't my fellow Brexiteers see that the EU's customs union gives us everything we want?</i><p>Last week, peers voted for us to explore “a customs union” with the EU. This week they want a vote on us staying in “the customs union”. Meanwhile, the EU says that none of our “customs options” for the Irish …

Customs Union

Why Brexiteer ministers are so concerned at the moment

Senior Cabinet Brexiteers are more concerned about the project than they have been in some time, I write in The Sun this morning.<p>The reason for this is that there is a concerted push underway to keep Britain in a customs union with the EU for good even after December 2020. If Britain is to take …

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Brexit: Why is the customs union so important?

<b>We won't be staying in the EU's customs union, and we won't be joining a new customs union either - so says the government. But just in case you've got a bit lost in the weeds of what the, or indeed "a" customs union is, BBC Reality Check's Chris Morris explains the issues.</b><p>So the customs union is …

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