Parliament must have its say on Government Customs Union proposals

Today the Government has released its position paper on post-Brexit customs arrangements between the United Kingdom and the European Union. Members of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on EU Relations demand that Parliament has its say on Government Customs Union proposals.

Commenting further, Anna Soubry MP, Co-Chair of the APPG on EU Relations, added:

“It’s welcome that the Government appear to acknowledge the importance of the benefits of the Customs Union to our economy. A transitional arrangement may involve technically leaving the Customs Union, but in reality it will be the status quo, which is good news for British businesses and at least gives them more time to prepare for life outside the European Union.

“Ministers appear to be moving in the right direction. But they need to go further. They should acknowledge that no new agreement with the EU can fully replace the benefits of Customs Union membership, as the EU and business has made clear.

“With regard to our post-transition EU customs arrangements, it is vital Parliament has its say on which of the options in the position paper the Government chooses to adopt. Businesses of whatever size should use the next few months to lobby their local MP and their trade organisations. MPs must have a say on the final arrangements as laid out in the paper and other alternatives.”