Downing Street has confirmed that the UK will be leaving the Customs Union.
Remain MPs rallied together to put pressure on the PM and the government to keep the UK a member of the Customs Union, however, their efforts have failed.
Chancellor Philip Hammond was accused of trying to pursue his own policy aimed at keeping Britain as closely aligned as possible with the EU, a No 10 source said last night: “It is not our policy to be in the customs union.”
Reacting to the confirmation from Downstin St, Michele Barnier said: “We know the line of the Government… We have to respect the red lines of the British Government – but they have to respect the rules of the Union.”
The United Kingdom outside of the Customs Union would enable us to create our own free trade deals with other countries, something we haven’t done bilaterally for decades.
The Prime Minister, David Davis and Mr Barnier have met in Downing St today to start the second phase of negotiations.
“Fresh tensions have emerged after the European side insisted that EU law must continue to apply in the UK throughout the post-Brexit transition period – expected to last about two years.
Mrs May has already made clear that she intends to push back against the bloc’s demands that EU citizens who come to the UK during the transition should enjoy the same rights as those who come before Britain leaves the EU on 29 March 2019.”
David Davis confirms ‘NO part of UK will be left in the customs union’ crushing Sadiq Khans suggestion
Sadiq Khan recently suggested that London could have a separate Brexit deal with the rest of the UK. Mr Khan’s suggestion came in light of leaked papers which appear to show ‘regulatory alignment’ for Ireland and Northern Ireland in order to solve the border issue.
Speaking in the Houses of Parliment, David Davis made it crystal clear that no part of the UK will remain in the Customs Union, crushing the Mayor of Londons hopes.
Mr Davis said: “You can take it as a guarantee from me, we will not be treating any part of the United Kingdom any differently from any other part.
“We were elected on a manifesto to leave the customs union and the single market.”
According to the Brexit Secretary, the government is “now close to concluding the first phase and moving on to talking about trade” and “All parties remain confident of a positive conclusion by the end of the week”.
The Shadow Brexit secretary blasted David Davis saying: “What an embarrassment – the last 24 hours have given a new meaning to the phrase ‘coalition of chaos’.
“Yesterday the rubber hit the road. Fantasy has hit reality.
“Will the Prime Minister now rethink her reckless red lines and put options such as a customs union and single market back on the table for negotiation?”