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Would a customs union with the EU really be so terrible?

On both sides of the Brexit divide there are fundamental misunderstandings about what a customs union would actually entail

By David Henig  

Photo: Robin Utrecht/SIPA USA/PA Images

There is little the UK’s increasingly polarised Leave and Remain tribes agree on, but the horror of a UK-EU customs union “compromise” seems to be one such rare beast. It feels like every day there is an article on how bad this will be, how the UK will be economically and politically damaged, possibly irrecoverably, if it signs up to one. Visions of EU bureaucrats carving up UK industry are summoned, in which UK officials wait meekly to be given our ghastly instructions. The…

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