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Customs Unions

Department for Exiting the European Union written question – answered on 14th May 2018.

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Photo of Alan Brown Alan Brown Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Infrastructure and Energy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the oral contribution by the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union on 3 May 2018, Official Report, column 459, if he will name the countries that have stated that they will not enter into a free trade agreement with the UK if the UK remains in the Customs Union.

Photo of Suella Braverman Suella Braverman The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

If the UK were to remain part of the EU Customs Union, our trade policy would, as a consequence, be determined by the EU.

Some third countries have highlighted this issue. For example, in March 2018 the then Australian High Commissioner publicly said that if we were to the leave the EU but remain within the Customs Union, “all Australia’s trade negotiating would be done through Brussels and the capital cities of the major EU member states” as a result.

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