UK to seek 'temporary' customs union with European Union after Brexit

Written by Kevin Schofield on 15 August 2017 in News

The UK will try to strike a “temporary” customs union with the European Union immediately after Brexit

Brexit: Picture credit - PA

The UK will try to strike a “temporary” customs union with the European Union immediately after Brexit, it has been announced.

A paper published by the Department for Exiting the EU said the arrangement would “allow for a smooth and orderly transfer” to the long-term arrangements which will eventually be put in place.

Ministers will also call on Brussels to allow them to enter into formal trade negotiations with other countries while the temporary arrangement is in place.


RELATED CONTENT 


Britain is currently banned from doing so as it is still a member of the EU – and it is questionable whether Brussels would accede to that demand.

In the document, DExEU said: “This time-limited period of implementation will provide certainty for businesses in the UK and the EU and would ensure that businesses only have to adjust once to a new customs relationship, as the Prime Minister set out in her Lancaster House speech in January.

“During this interim period, which will be negotiated with Brussels, Britain will look to negotiate bold new trade relationships around the world.”

The plans emerged just a day after Philip Hammond and Liam Fox insisted that the UK will leave the customs union after Brexit.

In a joint article for the Sunday Telegraph, they said: “We respect the will of the British people – in March 2019 the United Kingdom will leave the European Union.

“We will leave the customs union and be free to negotiate the best trade deals around the world as an independent, open, trading nation.

“We will leave the single market, because there was a vote for change on June 23rd and that is what we will deliver...

“When we’ve left the customs union, we will build up on [relationships with other countries] by negotiating as an independent nation with the freedom to sign bilateral free trade agreements.”

The Government will also reveal its proposals for solving the problems surrounding the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland after Brexit in a separate document to be published on Wednesday.

In their own document out today, DExEU said: “The paper will make clear the commitment to maintain a seamless and frictionless border with no return to the hard borders of the past.”

Tags

Categories

Related Articles

The Tory approach to renewables is bad for business
19 July 2018

With a new poll showing high public support for onshore wind, the UK Government's hostility to renewables looks ever more confusing

Exclusive: Home Office arrested and deported dozens of Europeans for sleeping rough in Scotland last year
19 July 2018

Home Office arrested and removed 26 European nationals from Scotland for sleeping rough on the streets in a move now deemed unlawful

Ministers should do more to make public bodies aware of legal duties on biodiversity, MSPs recommend
18 July 2018

MSPs urged ministers to write to public bodies at the start of the reporting cycle, and at regular intervals, to remind them of their duties

Brexit could force the UK to re-conduct animal testing, campaigners warn
16 July 2018

Lords to question Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey over the future of chemical regulation after the UK leaves the EU

Related Sponsored Articles

Associate feature: 5 ways IoT is transforming the public sector
5 February 2018

Vodafone explores some of the ways IoT is significantly improving public sector service delivery

Share this page