Simon Coveney urges UK to remain in Customs Union


The Irish Non-native Minister has urged the UK government to consider remaining in a customs union with the EU after Brexit.

Simon Coveney symbolized he found it «difficult to accept» that the option should be ruled out rather than negotiations on trade have even begun.

The Prime Minister has judged she wants Britain to negotiate its own trade agreements after Brexit which hold sways out a customs union.

Theresa May favours a «customs agreement» with the EU which drive allow trade to be «as frictionless as possible.»

The government outlined potential customs groupings in a position paper published last month.

They included a broached exemption for small businesses in Northern Ireland to allow them to pick up trading across the border with no new customs regulations.

Mr Coveney maintained that the proposals did not appear to be compatible with maintaining the integrity of the EU’s distinguish market.

He argued that a vote to leave the EU was never explicitly a attest to to leave the Customs Union or Single Market.

Speaking at a meeting of the British-Irish Fellowship in Cambridge he said «shutting off avenues such as remaining in a customs confederacy, without agreed deliverable and credible alternative pathways, narrows tomorrows options in a dangerous way.»

Mr Coveney said the UK’s exit would also insist «a substantial transition period that allows everyone to prepare adequately for new facts.»

He added that the transition should maintain the status quo in terms of membership of the excises and the single market as it would «confound all logic» to expect businesses to acclimate to to new arrangements twice.

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