UK Rules Out Customs Union With EU After Brexit

LBC host James O'Brien left with head in hands after caller gets confused about Ireland and Brexit

But Mr Barnier said that "without a customs union and outside the single market", barriers to trade in goods and services "are unavoidable".

In preparation, Michel Barnier, EU Negotiator is meeting British Prime Minister Theresa May today, 5 February 2018.

The latest European Union draft of the transition agreement says the bloc should be able to cut Britain's access to the EU's single market if it misbehaves, and if there is not likely to be enough time to take the issue to the bloc's top court in Luxembourg.

Those who say Theresa May should be more assertive over Brexit are the self-same politicians, and others, who would be criticising the Tory leader if she tried to circumvent the Cabinet on Britain's future alignment, or otherwise, with the customs union.

Any customs arrangement limits the UK's ability to strike trade deals and that means it is potentially a no-goer with the Brexiteers who value free trade.

"As the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union has said, given the way the EU works, virtually all of the major laws that will be introduced during the time-limited implementation period are being negotiated now, while we are in the room".

Ms Rudd attempted to clear up some of that confusion over customs arrangements, with the International Trade Secretary Liam Fox last week claiming a customs union was "not possible" despite Mrs May's claim to be keeping an "open mind" in her Lancaster House speech past year.

"It is time for all her ministers to back her too and to end the confusion they are fomenting in government".

"It is not our policy to be in a customs union", a source said.

If the United Kingdom pursues a Canada-style agreement and remains outside the customs union, it will require customs checks on the Border as well as the application of tariffs on goods not included in the free trade agreement. One Cabinet Brexiteer told me: "it's a Customs Agreement not a Customs Union".

After a weekend of conflicting statements from government officials, a source in May's office, speaking only on customary condition of anonymity, told British media that it is not their policy to be in a customs union. May has promised Ireland and the European Union there will no hard border, and breaking that promise isn't an option if she wants an orderly exit.

May has held onto her job by avoiding too much clarity on what Britain's divorce from the European Union might look like, even as the process has been going on for almost a year.

"Remaining in the single market and the customs union is essential for the economy, jobs and living standards and it's high time the Tories put that before their internal squabbles", he added. In the first formal discussion of future relations, the British will explain customs and security ideas. "It is not a matter of scaremongering to get negotiating advantage".

The UK and European Union agreed last December that regardless of what happens in the latter stages of Brexit negotiations, there will be no hard Border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Related News:

Most liked

Religious Group Aims to Ban Rihanna From Senegal

Which channel is Super Bowl 52 on?
The Patriots could look to employ the no-huddle more frequently to limit the Eagles' substitutions if the defense is gassed. It had huge momentum shifts, long touchdowns, a stunning quarterback change, a missed game-winning field goal and overtime.

Paul Ryan Brags About Giving Public School Employee $1.50
The tax bill cost almost $1.5 trillion dollars, while the teacher in question is only seeing $1.50 extra in her weekly paycheck. Ryan on Saturday posted a Tweet noting the secretary's increase and linking to the AP story.

'Disobedience' Trailer: Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams Explore a Forbidden Love
It's due to be released in the latter on 24 August, so here's hoping we'll get a release in Ireland around then too. Rachel Weisz stars as Ronit Krushka, a woman who returns to her hometown in London after the death of her father.

Man United boss Mourinho rejects talk of Zlatan Ibrahimovic exit
It was an internal injury and now it's external so let's wait a couple of more days but he is out of the game tomorrow. Probably we are going to lose him for a few weeks, but I can not say if it's two, three, four or five [weeks].

Justin Timberlake Coy On Super Bowl Halftime Show Details
And this Sunday, Justin Timberlake will perform for the third time at the Super Bowl . Check out SportsLine's look at the top 10 craziest prop bets for Super Bowl Sunday.

Pistons' Drummond to replace injured Wall in All Star Game
Wall, an All-Star for the fifth consecutive year, will miss the NBA All-Star Game because of a left knee injury . Drummond is averaging 14.8 points and and leads the National Basketball Association at 15.3 rebounds per game.

3 dead, 2 injured after helicopter crashes into house in Newport Beach
At least five people were injured after a helicopter crashed into a residential home in Newport Beach, Calif. . No further details were immediately available. "It was a nice helicopter, very well-maintained".

Michelle Obama Relives Awkward Inauguration Day Gift Exchange
The first lady then gave her gift to Obama, which prompted some confusion before the couples posed for a photo op together. Several seconds pass before Melania Trump is able to join him, appearing from behind their auto with the Tiffany box.

Amazon, Berkshire And JPMorgan To Form New Healthcare Co
The announcement came amid growing rumors that Amazon's executives are looking at ways to disrupt the healthcare industry. USA healthcare spending has been increasing annually faster than inflation, and in 2017 accounted for 18% of the economy.

Ex-Ireland U17 midfielder joins Barcelona B from Arsenal
McGuane, an England youth global , will join Barca's B team with a view to earning a spot in the first-team squad in future. McGuane, who is renowned for his tough tackling, was open to leaving Arsenal in search of more game time.

Watchdog Report Shows Gaps In Information About Afghanistan War
Ambassador Mahmoud Saikal told Reuters yesterday that fighting needed to continue against certain elements of the Taliban. It's not clear why the information wasn't released in the report, in what SIGAR described as a "worrisome development".

Former 'Glee' actor Mark Salling dead at 35
TMZ reports that Salling - who was 35-years-old - was said to have been found near a riverbed in Sunland, where he lived. In December, Salling plead guilty to possessing child pornography in a federal courtroom in Los Angeles .

Border patrol agents find 76 people packed into truck
After stopping the truck, they discovered the driver was in the USA under protection of the Obama-era DACA deportation amnesty. Among the 76 undocumented immigrants were 13 children and 63 adults hailing from Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala.

Bruce McArthur charged with three additional counts of first-degree murder, police say
The investigation is still active and police hope to speak with any homeowners on whose properties McArthur may have worked. Police are searching nearly 30 properties where McArthur worked, according to Toronto Detective Sergeant Hank Idsinga.