What’s the big fuss over the cus­toms union?

Daily Mail - - Bet­ter Hear­ing -

WHY must there be a cus­toms union af­ter Brexit? Why would we work to col­lect taxes for the EU? Alas, Bri­tain al­ways plays by the rules and that is what they are count­ing on. We seem to be giv­ing in to all of the EU’s de­mands and are get­ting very lit­tle in re­turn. Once we leave, the Com­mon­wealth na­tions, Canada, the U.S., China and In­dia will be able to trade with us, un­fet­tered by EU reg­u­la­tions.

KEITH ROBIN­SON, Ash­ford, Sur­rey. BUSI­NESS Sec­re­tary Greg Clark, a Re­mainer, is us­ing Project Fear mark two as a rea­son for not leav­ing the cus­toms union. He knows there will be lost jobs in the car in­dus­try, not be­cause of Brexit, but due to the mas­sive re­duc­tion in diesel car pro­duc­tion. Re­main­ers are afraid of go­ing it alone be­cause their weak­nesses will be shown up when they have to run the coun­try in­stead of Brus­sels.

MIKE CAT­TER­ALL, Ac­cring­ton, Lancs.

CAN some­one please ex­plain to Theresa May that we voted to leave the EU and not to carry on col­lect­ing cus­toms tar­iffs for them.

RAY­MOND GRIF­FIN, Don­caster, S. Yorks. I’M TIRED of hear­ing the claim that Leavers didn’t vote to leave the sin­gle mar­ket or cus­toms union. Any­one who fol­lowed the de­bates on TV or read news­pa­pers be­fore the ref­er­en­dum was aware of what we were vot­ing for.

CHRIS WAR­REN, Heacham, Norfolk.

THE sin­gle mar­ket is a tar­iff-free trad­ing

agree­ment be­tween mem­ber na­tions of the EU. The cus­toms union ex­ists to fa­cil­i­tate this. There­fore, if the UK reaches a tar­iff-free trade agree­ment with the EU, which is in their in­ter­est as we have a multi-bil­lion­pound an­nual trad­ing deficit with Europe, why should there be a prob­lem with any EU/UK bor­der?

CHARLES MOS, Portsmouth, Hants. THERE is no rea­son why goods and peo­ple can’t con­tinue to move smoothly across bor­ders af­ter we leave the EU. Switzer­land is not part of the cus­toms union, but its bor­ders have a tech­nol­ogy that works in a sim­i­lar way to the Lon­don con­ges­tion charge.

T. CAR­PEN­TER, Chelms­ford, Es­sex.

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