PM May suffers another defeat in Britain's upper house over European Union rights

Daniel Kawczynski

"We will not be staying in the Customs Union or joining a customs union", a Downing Street source said Monday.

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.

Last week, the government lost a vote in the Lords as Peers voted to stay in the customs union and on Thursday MPs will debate the same measure.

The customs union means the EU is a trade bloc with all the countries involved applying the same tariff on goods from outside coming in.

But she said arrangements which are as "frictionless as possible" with the European Union and the ability to sign trade arrangements with other countries were both achievable under the government's proposals. "So we want to come out of the customs union".

The prime minister said she would not change course despite facing a series of parliamentary battles over future customs arrangements with the EU.

Britain will leave the customs union when it exits the European Union, the Government has restated. This means the United Kingdom is not allowed to broker its own trade deals.

May herself has been vehement in her desire for Brexit Britain to be a "global leader in free trade", arguing in her Mansion House speech that it would be a "betrayal of the British people" to stymie its potential by joining a customs union.

But being in a customs union for which Britain has no formal role in setting the rules and tariff schedules is nothing like being in the EU.

Rees-Mogg believes that after leaving the union, the United Kingdom should phase out all tariffs, in order to reduce consumer prices and stimulate competition.

CBI business groupWhat is the argument for leaving the customs union?

Those in favour of remaining in the customs union argue that cutting trading ties would severely damage the United Kingdom 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.

Inside a customs union, Britain would be unable to control its trade policy and strike trade deals with partners like the United States, Australia, and New Zealand, as well as emerging markets elsewhere.

"There seems zero chance of having infrastructure in place by 2019 to deal with the customs checks that would be required", the broadcaster adds. 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.

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