Steve Beasant

Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Great Grimsby and Councillor for the East Marsh Learn more

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Customs Union plans just delaying pain from extreme Brexit

by Steve Beasant on 15 August, 2017

We still face the prospect of more red tape for businesses, longer queues at our borders and higher prices for consumers once the transition comes to an end.

Lib Dem Shadow Exiting the European Union; International Trade; First Secretary of State, Tom Brake 

Even if the government’s plans for new customs arrangements with the EU were agreed to by the EU, these proposals will only delay the economic pain caused by leaving the customs union.

We still face the prospect of more red tape for businesses, longer queues at our borders and higher prices for consumers once the transition comes to an end.

In addition, Liam Fox’s plans to lower UK standards and drop the ban on chlorinated chicken would inevitably lead to customs checks by the EU. You can’t have it both ways.

The only way to ensure ‘free and frictionless’ trade with the EU is to remain a full member of the Customs Union and Single Market.

It doesn’t matter how it’s dressed up or how long it’s postponed, the government’s extreme Brexit will end up leaving Britain poorer.

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