Brexit: 'UK will not be staying in the customs union'

Mr Kawczynski believes the House of Lords should be replaced by an elected senate

Mr Kawczynski believes the House of Lords should be replaced by an elected senate

"The fact that the President of the CBI, representing thousands of employers in this country, is calling out a Cabinet Minister on Twitter is a damning indictment of this Government's destructive Brexit policy".

British Prime Minister Theresa May is struggling to avert a cabinet rebellion amid fears from euroskeptic lawmakers of her party that she will keep the United Kingdom in the European Union's customs union after Brexit.

It is a trading bloc made up of the EU's member states, in which goods move freely across borders without tariffs.

Common external tariffs are applied to goods imported from countries from outside the bloc.

It reduces administrative and financial trade barriers, such as customs checks and charges, and boosts economic co-operation.

The main topic will be discussion of the U.K.'s aims for worldwide trade after Brexit, according to the official, and will nearly certainly involve consideration of the customs deal the country will seek to reach with the bloc.

Mrs May will be given an indication of the scale of the opposition she faces from pro-EU Tories over her customs union plan in a Commons debate on Thursday.

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Theresa May's government faced their first defeat on the EU Withdrawal Bill in the House of Lords last week when peers voted in favour staying in the customs union.

Business leader Paul Drechsler did not mince his words after Sajid Javid called for Britain to leave the customs union.

91% of Remain voters say they would still vote the same way in a referendum.

She has said the United Kingdom would leave the EU's single market and customs union after Brexit in March 2019, noting the country may suffer new trade barriers as a result of her move.

BBC assistant political editor Norman Smith said Downing Street's move was an attempt to reassure Brexiteers anxious about a U-turn following the Lords defeat and pressure from the EU.

But pro-Brexit politicians have denounced the move as an attempt to derail legislation created to reflect the popular will expressed in the June 2016 referendum.

A SENIOR minister has played down reports Theresa May is preparing a U-turn on the government's plan to leave the customs union with the EU.

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Prime Minister Theresa May's inner circle thinks she could be forced to agree to staying in the European Union's customs union after Brexit, according to one United Kingdom official.

One senior Downing Street aide told the Sunday Times that in a meeting last month it was said that Mrs May and her team "will not be crying into our beer" if Parliament forces the Government's hand on the issue.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Brexit Secretary David Davis and Trade Secretary Liam Fox are said to be pushing to leave the customs union and arrange a union with the EU from outside. "We then have to find a solution to the Northern Ireland border question".

The Lords could deliver new defeats on the government regarding incorporating the European Union charter of fundamental rights into United Kingdom law, and pressing to ensure MPs get to decide what happens next if the Commons rejects a final Brexit deal with Brussels. That's what we will continue to argue for.

MPs will be giving their verdict on one of the key tenets of the PM's Brexit strategy.

"We can make that case to Parliament".

But such parliamentary arithmetic means it may be hard to avoid this customs union fight being seen as a de facto vote of confidence.

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