United Kingdom will not remain in the Customs Union after Brexit

United Kingdom will not remain in the Customs Union after Brexit

The move by Number 10 to "categorically" state the United Kingdom will be leaving the customs union came as Theresa May and David Davis prepared to hold talks with Brussels' chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier.

He continued: "The only thing I can say, without a customs union and outside the single market barriers to trade on goods and services are unavoidable".

But ahead of Barnier's visit, May's spokesman said that Britain did not want to be in a customs union with the EU once it leaves the bloc.

European Union leaders last week agreed that any transition should be strictly limited to 21 months, with Britain signed up to all existing European Union rules and regulations, but with no voting rights over them.

MPs within May's own Conservative party in favour of a so-called hard Brexit, which would see Britain sever all ties with the EU post-Brexit, have been exerting pressure on the British premier to spell out her stance on the Customs Union.

He said: "We have already published a great deal about our proposals, in terms of what the customs arrangements will be, what the other arrangements will be with respect to being outside the union".

In relation to alignment, Mr Barnier said the European Union is "working with British authorities on the content of that sentence".

Conservative Party grandees should unite behind the government's aim of negotiating a good Brexit deal and stop in-fighting, according to the home secretary, Amber Rudd.

The customs union has emerged as a crucial battleground in the Cabinet struggle over Brexit.

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"My feeling is that we don't have a minute to lose because we want to reach an agreement", he assured.

He said that is now being worked on, describing it as "significant" that the latest talks are about the withdrawal agreement rather than a trade deal.

A Downing Street spokesman said: "The point the PM made is that people who arrive after we have left the European Union will arrive with different expectations and understandings of the way forward - and they will therefore be treated differently".

As questions mount over her ability to lead and Brexit talks come to the crunch, it's uncertain whether the embattled PM will survive the crossfire. It's not clear the prime minister will survive the crossfire.

What Downing Street has not said is what prime Minister proposes instead of " or "a" customs union.

The meeting comes ahead of the restarting of Brexit negotiations later this week in Brussels. "That is the deal we are looking for", she explained.

On Wednesday and Thursday, Theresa May will chair two meetings of a key Cabinet sub-committee to thrash out the UK's approach to the next phase of Brexit negotiations. One Cabinet Brexiteer told me: "it's a Customs Agreement not a Customs Union". "The issue is the rights they accrue as a result".

And ministers have said the demand exceeds what was agreed at December's summit in Brussels. One minister said it was an "heroic assumption" to think the Cabinet Conmittee would be ready to sign off on an agreed approach by the end of the week as another Cabinet Minister told me was the original expectation.

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