McGovern – Clearly no majority in Parliament for crashing out of Customs Union

A new amendment to the Trade Bill has been put down by a cross-party group of MPs. If passed the amendment would require the Government to “take all necessary steps to implement an international trade agreement which enables the UK to participate after exit day in a customs union with the EU.”

Commenting, Alison McGovern MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“There is clearly no majority in Parliament for crashing out of the Customs Union. Yet the Prime Minister remains determined to do so.

“The reality is that staying in the Customs Union is vital if we are to avoid a hard border in Ireland and to maintain truly frictionless trade. But on its own it is not enough – we must also stay in the Single Market.

“Ultimately, if the Government delivers a deal that does not protect our trade with Europe and the frictionless border in Ireland, everyone has the right to keep an open mind about whether that kind of Brexit serves the national interest.”



Notes to editors:

The full amendment to the Trade Bill (NC5) can be read here.