MPs have tonight voted down an amendment, tabled by Labour MP and Open Britain supporter Ian Murray, to a Ways and Means motion that would have exempted EU goods from customs duties after Brexit, thus keeping the UK in the Customs Union.
Commenting, Ian Murray MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:
“It is disappointing that this amendment was defeated but the fight for Customs Union membership is far from over.
“The Government’s reckless, ideological decision to pull us out of the Customs Union will damage trade with the EU, our biggest economic partner, and risk chaos at our ports with lorries backing up motorways as they face reams of new red tape. And it will make a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland inevitable.
“Customs Union membership is simply the best economic option for our country. Leaving it for fantasy new trade deals which cannot replicate the trade we do with Europe is no solution.”