What’s the big fuss over the customs union?
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.