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Once again a Conservative government is learning it is better to be in a customs union

Fifty years on from the customs union’s completion, May should study its history

By Paul Wallace  

The original Treaty of Rome. Photo: Vandeville Eric/ABACA/ABACA/PA Images

When Britain voted narrowly to leave the European Union few could have imagined the extraordinary impasse almost two years later at the heart of government about what this would mean for new customs arrangements. Last week Britain’s most influential business lobby called time on the absurdist drama as Theresa May and her ministers continue to debate a choice between two unworkable options. Paul Drechsler, the outgoing president of the CBI,…

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