Cabinet agrees Brexit customs ‘backstop’ option


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A new customs proposal hoping to inhibit a hard border in Ireland after Brexit has been agreed by highboy.

Ministers signed off on the “backstop” that would see the UK match EU tariffs after 2020, if there is no see to on their preferred customs arrangements.

The measure aims to give the make sure, wanted by the Irish government, of stopping a hard border being suggested at the end of the transition period.

Brexiteers fear the proposal amounts to staying in the imposts union longer.

But No 10 insists this is not the case – saying the UK inclination still be able to sign and implement trade deals, and the measure disposition only last for a matter of months.

Government sources have also know scolded the BBC’s political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, that the newly agreed proffer was very unlikely to be needed, as they are confident they will be gifted to agree with the EU a customs deal that avoids bringing overdue renege a hard Northern Ireland.

Earlier, Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar, utter ensuring there was no hard border was “an absolute red line” for the Irish management, adding: “We need that [backstop] to be part of the withdrawal agreement, and if its not then there on be no withdrawal agreement and no transition period.”

Theresa May’s official spokesman communicated the text of a “backstop” proposal put forward in March by the EU was “unacceptable” to the UK as it “would base a border down the Irish Sea and we’re not going to agree to that”.

Mrs May and Mr Varadkar met on Thursday at an EU crown in Bulgaria. Her spokesman said they “agreed on the shared commitment to elude a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, and the need to resume talks on the way forward”.

But responding to the latest “backstop” proposal, the Irish PM said it desire help solve some of the problems related to the border, “not all of them”.

Mrs May also met with the president of the European Commission, Jean Claude Junker, and president of the European Convocation, Donald Tusk, at the summit, and said she would put forward the UK’s own “backstop” project shortly.

The government’s new proposal is expected to be discussed formally in Brussels next week.

Assists are yet to settle on what permanent model they want to see replace the customs junction when the UK leaves the EU.

They are under pressure to decide on their regulation before a key EU summit in June.

Labour’s shadow Brexit secretary, Sir Keir Starmer, nicknamed the situation “farcical”, saying: “The government is fighting over two options, neither of which are growing to work, neither of which are acceptable to the EU, and neither of which would be dressed the support of the majority in parliament.”

He added: “We need certainty and the right method is to stay in a customs union with the EU as the long term objective.

“That would back off the certainty that I think across the country people are looking for.”

What are the duty options after Brexit?

The UK is due to officially leave the EU on 29 March 2019, with a metastasis period until the end of 2020 intended to smooth the way to the permanent new relationship.

But the two sides possess just five months to get an agreement on post-Brexit trade, so it can be ratified in preference to Britain leaves in March next year.

Key to this is how the UK and EU’s customs sets will work together in years to come.

Currently, the UK is in the EU’s customs society, which means member states all charge the same import offices to countries outside the EU.

It allows member states to trade freely with each other, without vexatious customs checks at borders, but it limits their freedom to strike their own buy deals.

The UK government has said it wants to leave the EU customs union in procedure to strike its own trade deals with other countries, promising selling will still be as “frictionless” as possible.

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But ministers do not agree on how to replace it.

Brexiteers are against Mrs May’s entered option of a “customs partnership”, under which the UK would collect menus set by the EU customs union on goods coming into the UK on behalf of the EU.

The alternative proposition would rely on technology and advance checks to minimise, rather than separate, customs checks. The EU has expressed doubts about whether either way out would work.

On Wednesday, senior ministers acknowledged there has been “sedate criticism” of both proposed models.

Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington said there were solicitudes a customs partnership might “inhibit” the scope to do trade deals and the duty was how this could be “mitigated”.

The alternative, a technology-based solution, could entertain “adverse” effects on the Northern Irish border, he added.

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