Wednesday, 15 August, 2018

Pro-Brexit MPs urge PM to drop 'deeply unsatisfactory' customs model

Mr Davis had rung No 10 Chief of Staff Gavin Barwell to call for the dismissal of Brexit adviser Olly Robbins a source claimed Mr Davis had rung No 10 Chief of Staff Gavin Barwell to call for the dismissal of Brexit adviser Olly Robbins a source claimed
Kenny Thornton | 02 May, 2018, 12:59

Britain's prime minister Theresa May is facing a revolt from pro-Brexit lawmakers within her own party over plans for the customs union when the United Kingdom leaves the EU.

Mrs May is meeting members of her Brexit Cabinet in attempt to reach a deal on whether the United Kingdom should leave the EU Customs Union or enter a new customs partnership.

According to The Sunday Times, Mr Davis has now told the Prime Minister to ignore Mr Robbins in favour of her ministers, while pro-Brexit business group Leave Means Leave has called for him to be sacked and "replaced by someone from outside the civil service who will take a tough line with Brussels".

MPs on the 60-strong European Research Group, led by Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg, have written personal letters to the Prime Minister ahead of her crunch meeting of the Brexit war cabinet.

A customs partnership is one of two proposed options that May's government has proposed on customs, and means Britain would continue to collect European Union tariffs for goods which are headed for member states.

She has repeatedly insisted the United Kingdom will leave the customs union and single market after Brexit - despite the issues this will cause with the Irish border. Tory sources told the Telegraph the group has threatened to withdraw support for the government if the plan is pushed through.

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"There is no question of there being an ultimatum", he said.

The letter from Rees-Mogg and the ERG claims the plan would "festoon the entire economy with burdensome controls, while crippling the ability of the UK" to negotiate trade deals.

After nine defeats in the Lords already, peers are expected to back a cross-party amendment to maintain the open border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic and safeguard the Good Friday Agreement.

But in their dossier the Brexiteer MPs say the idea should be "swiftly removed from the table".

The ERG said technological solutions should be found to avoid a hard border in Ireland in its report rejecting the customs partnership.

Former Brexit minister David Jones told BBC's Newsnight: "Certainly there would be a lot of very disappointed Brexiteers if we were to end up in a customs partnership. We have put forward two proposals for addressing the customs issue in general and they will be discussed by the government further".

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