A decisive rejection of any future customs union partnership with the European Union was demanded in a joint letter to Prime Minister Theresa May, on Wednesday, by representatives of the EU skeptical wing of the ruling British Conservative Party.
According to the BBC public service media company and the 30-page letter to the Conservative British Daily newspaper The Daily Telegraph, if Britain were to maintain a customs union-related partnership with the EU after EU membership would cease, it would make it impossible for trade control autonomy and independent creating a British trade policy.
The authors of the memorandum – members of the European Research Group, a member of the highly EU skepticism within the Covenant Party’s Lower House factions – would also say that it would also be “seriously riskful” that Britain was in 2022 it would not actually leave the EU until the next parliamentary elections, and this would be “ineligible” for the British electorate six years after the referendum deciding on the 2016 summer.
The sources quoted by The Daily Telegraph have made a direct reference to the fact that if Theresa May does not listen to them, it could lead to a “collapse” of the government, as the initiators of the call would not be afraid to withdraw their support from the bills submitted by the government to parliament.
In the background of the case, the conservative British government wants to step out of the EU’s single market and customs union with the cessation of EU membership, with the argument that it can only enter into independent bilateral trade agreements with other countries.
However, this plan is surrounded by intensifying domestic political debates. The House of Lords, which is currently negotiating the exit bill, the House of Lords, has put in the draft a modification clause that Britain should seek a customs union with the EU after its exit.
This decision in the upper house does not in itself impose a legal obligation on the government, but there is more and more evidence that the deputies in the lower house may also have majority representation in some form of customs union, and in that case the initiative may become a binding article of the law on exit.
According to British press reports, Minister of Finance Philip Hammond also wants to establish a customs union-like partnership with the European Union and allegedly Prime Minister Theresa May will be inclined to such a solution.
The authors of the letter of the EU Skeptical Tory Group on Wednesday are trying to dissuade the Prime Minister.
The case is closely related to the unanswered question of how to avoid physical border controls being restored to the 500 km long, currently fully open border of the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland remaining in the EU, which, after the expiration of the British EU membership will be the only land border of the European Union and the United Kingdom.
The European Commission’s proposal for a resolution is that the Irish island as a whole, if no agreement is reached, is transformed into a ‘common regulatory area’.
The British Government has, however, firmly rejected it so far. According to London, this solution would virtually mean that the rule of the EU single market would remain valid for Northern Ireland and this would undermine the territorial and internal trade integrity of the United Kingdom, as it is virtually Northern Ireland and the rest of the country, to the sea.