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A customs union is not a sustainable answer for Brexit Britain

Parliamentary pressure is building for a new customs partnership but this would not be viable for the long term  

By Aarti Shankar  

Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA Archive/PA Images

Recent events have once again raised the possibility of the UK agreeing a customs union with the European Union after its withdrawal. A customs union is a legal framework under which countries remove tariffs and custom procedures on each other’s goods, and agree to impose the same tariffs on goods coming in from third countries. The UK is required to exit the EU Customs Union when it leaves the bloc, but the prime minister last year also ruled out striking a new customs union…

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