HMRC Impact Analysis: Customs

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:38 pm on 8th October 2019.

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Photo of Yvette Cooper Yvette Cooper Chair, Home Affairs Committee 1:38 pm, 8th October 2019

Given that these are HMRC’s own assessments—the Government’s own assessments—of a multi-billion pound cost, the Minister could have given HMRC any credible assessment of mitigation if he had any. Can he instead confirm that these costs do not even include tariffs, and that they are in fact the costs not simply of no deal but of refusing to have a customs union at all? Given that a proposal for a deal including a customs union only lost by three votes back in April and that such a deal would, according to his own figures, have saved British businesses billions, why have the Government continually refused even to explore a deal that includes a customs union?