Published On: Wed, May 2nd, 2018

'Time is running out' Javid CRUSHES May's plans for EU customs partnership in Brexit row

EU tariffs would be collected by British officials and paid back to Brussels.

But Brexiteers feared the move would leave the UK too closely tied to Brussels after Brexit, effectively remaining in an EU customs union.

Mr Javid and Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, who both voted Remain in last year’s EU referendum, were understood to have raised firm objections to the customs partnership plan in yesterday’s meeting.

Their decision to side with Brexit enthusiasts was seen as tipping the balance in the 11-strong Cabinet sub-committee.

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox told the meeting the customs partnership was “not compatible” with Brexit.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson urged the Prime Minister to stick the principles of her keynote speech at the Mansion House earlier this year that clearly stated Britain would not form any customs union with the EU after Brexit.

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