Trade Secretary Liam Fox has ruled out Britain remaining in the Customs Union.
Using an interview with Bloomberg TV in which he boasted of the success of this week’s trade delegation visit to China, Mr Fox said any form of customs union or common external tariff with the EU was unacceptable.
Commenting, Wes Streeting MP, leading supporter of the Open Britain campaign, said:
“Liam Fox rules out British membership of the Customs Union while the Government simultaneously boasts of how we are boosting exports to China while inside it.
“It beggars belief he cannot see the contradiction here. His policy of ‘it’s not broken, so let’s smash it’ is as nonsensical as it is dangerous.
“Our membership of the Customs Union works. As this week’s trip to China shows, it is fully compatible with growing our exports to developing markets while maintaining frictionless trade with our largest trading partner on our doorstep.
“There is no reason to leave the Customs Union apart from the Brextremist's ideological commitment to the hardest possible Brexit.
“That's why MPs from across the party political divide will be supporting Anna Soubry's cross-party amendments to keep Britain in the Customs Union in the national interest.”
Notes to editors
For more about the amendments please see: https://twitter.com/chrislesliemp/status/959333875712393216
Liam Fox’s interview can be seen here: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2018-02-02/liam-fox-wants-to-see-china-open-up-markets-services-video