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Leaving the Eu: Customs

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:41 pm on 16th May 2018.

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Photo of Hilary Benn Hilary Benn Chair, Committee on Exiting the European Union 6:41 pm, 16th May 2018

Does my hon. Friend agree that even if the Prime Minister can persuade her divided Cabinet and then the EU negotiators to accept one or other of those two proposals, neither would be ready before the end of the transition period? Is it not therefore time for the Government finally to admit that we will be remaining in a customs union with the EU for some time to come?