May would 'never' accept continuous customs union

Politics 10/12/2018, 3:59 PM
May would 'never' accept continuous customs union

The cabinet of British Prime Minister Theresa May claimed any customs union deal within the arrangements for withdrawal from the European Union would be "time limited." In a statement carried on Friday by the domestic media, Downing Street insisted she would "never agree" to a permanent regime. The announcement comes ahead of next week's crucial meeting of the leaders of the EU and member states, with deadlines looming.

The BBC learned a contract for a temporary customs union, which the United Kingdom wants to be abolished by the end of 2021, is seen by the administration in Brussels without a time limit. What will be a 27-member bloc is said to be pushing for a trade deal first.

Andrea Leadsom, the Conservative Party leader in the House of Commons, today responded to speculation that she would resign in case of a permanent customs union by saying she is focused on "getting a good deal" and that May should be given the opportunity to achieve it.

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