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IMPORTANCE OF THE EUROPEAN UNION CUSTOMS UNION

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1372: tabled on 11 June 2018

Tabled in the 2017-19 session.

This motion has been signed by 10 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House notes the amendment to Lords Amendments No 2. to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill in the names of Plaid Cymru hon. Members that seeks to ensure that the Government negotiates, as part of the framework for the UK's future relationship with the EU an arrangement which enables the UK to continue participating in the EU Union; believes retaining membership of the EU Customs Union is the best way to mitigate the economic risks of Brexit, rather than negotiating a new customs union with the EU; recognises the benefits of UK membership of the EU Customs Union which removes costly and time-consuming customs processes and red tape for trade with other EU member states, allows the operation of a soft Northern Ireland-Republic of Ireland border that would be in jeopardy were the UK to leave, and allows the UK to fully benefit from 56 existing trade agreements; further notes the support for continued membership of the EU Customs Union across the House; regrets the Government's alternatives for the EU Customs Union, a new customs partnership, maximum facilitation, and a 10 mile buffer zone, none of which deliver the same benefits as the EU Customs Union and protect the soft border between Northern Ireland and the Republic as it stands; does not believe that the Government will be able to successfully negotiate free trade deals with other countries that will adequately replace the loss in trading relationships as a result of leaving the EU Customs Union; and calls on the Government to support this amendment to ensure it negotiates for the UK to remain a member of the EU Customs Union following the UK's withdrawal from the EU.