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What is the customs union—and what happens when Britain leaves it?

Figures from Molly Scott Cato to Patrick Minford offer their views

By Joseph Evans  

An assembly line. Photo: Viktor Drachev/Tass/PA Images

Parliament is still in recess, but the recent flurry of papers from David Davis’s department has kept the Brexit debate front and centre this summer. Heated arguments have raged over all aspects of our future relationship with the European Union: European Court of Justice jurisdiction, the infamous Brexit “divorce bill”—and the customs union, which the government has committed to leaving. This latter subject has hefty implications for our future trade with Europe.

The customs union…

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