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The government’s plan to “mirror” EU customs could harm Britain’s trading future

Much of yesterday’s “future partnership paper” was sensible—but some of its long-term proposals should be rejected

By Aarti Shankar  

Photo: Xinhua/SIPA USA/PA Images

The publication yesterday of the UK’s future partnership paper on UK-EU customs arrangements post-Brexit was a welcome development, providing both insight on government thinking for the future of UK-EU customs and trade, and offering the business community grounding for greater engagement. While the government’s preference for transitional customs arrangements that largely mimic the status quo is sensible, some ideas for longer-term options risk creating obstacles to the UK pursuing a genuinely independent trade policy post-Brexit.

The paper confirms that the UK will formally withdraw from the…

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