EU Customs Union

Part of Petition - Tenancy of ST Michael’S Gate, Parnwell – in the House of Commons at 7:30 pm on 2nd November 2016.

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Photo of Richard Fuller Richard Fuller Conservative, Bedford 7:30 pm, 2nd November 2016

Can the Minister help me with the question I posed to Helen Goodman? The ballot paper said that we are either leaving the European Union or remaining in it, and we voted to leave. We joined the customs union in 1973. Is not the presumption and the starting position for the Government the fact that we will leave the customs union, so arguments have to be made why we should not do that rather than accepting that that should be regarded as the opening position?