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Why the Brexiteers can’t claim a mandate for leaving the customs union

They never mentioned it before the referendum

By Steve Bloomfield  

Britain's Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary Michael Gove leaves Downing Street to attend the weekly Cabinet meeting, London on February 27, 2018. (Photo by Alberto Pezzali/NurPhoto/Sipa USA)

For a vote that simply asked whether Britain should remain in the European Union or leave, the Brexit referendum appears to have been about rather a lot of different issues. It was about immigration, economic insecurity, a lack of investment in the Northeast/Wales/whichever-traditional-Labour-region-the-speaker-is-from, control over laws, sovereignty, trade. And now, according to Brexiteer cabinet ministers, it appears that the vote was about the customs union.

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