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Britain must totally withdraw from the customs union

A half-in, half-out arrangement is still being discussed—but this would be the worst of both worlds

By Henry Newman  

We learned over the weekend that Whitehall officials are examining the Sweden-Norway border. Why? Well, Norway is outside of the EU’s Customs Union but trades freely with Sweden, which is inside it. With the clever use of technology and reciprocal agreements, the need for physical checks there on cross-border goods traffic is largely obviated.

Last week Open Europe published a report, Nothing to Declare, arguing that the UK should leave the customs union. We highlighted the example of the Norwegian-Swedish border, but also other borders such as the Swiss-EU and Canadian-US. Our…

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