The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, said today that the UK will face "unavoidable" barriers to trade if it leaves the Customs Union and Single Market and that the "time has come" for the UK to choose what it wanted after Brexit.
Commenting, Heidi Alexander MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:
“Michel Barnier is as clear as David Davis is confused. Europe’s Chief Negotiator, like all of us, wants an end to the fudging, dodging and u-turning: it is time for the Government to decide what it wants.
“There is no escaping the fact, however, that leaving the Customs Union will erect barriers to trade. In the same way, we cannot enjoy the ‘exact same benefits’ outside of the Single Market, there is no ‘frictionless trade’ outside the Customs Union.
“Having cake and eating cake has never been a negotiating strategy but 19 months after the referendum, it’s time for some clarity and honesty from Ministers. Unless they change tack and start negotiating for British membership of both the Single Market and the Customs Union, our trade with our biggest partner and our economy will suffer.”
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More on Michel Barnier’s comments today can be read here.