UK aims to retain EU customs deal for years after Brexit

Financial Times, Aug 15, 2017
by Jim Pickar, Gemma Tetlow, Arthur Beesley, and Rochelle Toplensky

Britain will seek to continue its current customs arrangements with the EU for several years after Brexit, in a victory for supporters of a smooth transition.

A government paper to be published on Tuesday sets out the UK’s wish to remain in a customs union with the EU for at least the estimated three years of transition after Britain’s 2019 exit.“It should look and feel the same for business,” one Whitehall official said.

The UK government sets out two options for after the transition period: either a “new customs partnership . . . which would negate the need for a customs border between the UK and the EU”, or a new “highly streamlined customs arrangement”.

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