Umunna – The Government should think hard before leaving the Customs Union

Responding to Boris Johnson saying today that Britain “probably will have to come out of the customs union”, Chuka Umunna MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“A decision on whether to leave the Customs Union is a huge choice that should be debated in Parliament, not decided off the cuff on a visit to Prague.

“Businesses will be deeply concerned. The Customs Union minimises bureaucracy at borders, which facilitates trade and business expansion.

“Outside, businesses could face costly delays, which in turn would hit growth and employment. The Government must now make clear what its policy is on the Customs Union and, if they want to leave it, produce rigorous analysis of how future trade deals would offset the very real costs to businesses of leaving it.”