David Davis suggests UK could keep custom union agreements for short time post-Brexit

David Davis suggests UK could keep custom union agreements for short time post-Brexit

The proposals to be outlined by the Brexit Secretary are intended to avoid disruption to businesses

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

David Davis has suggested the UK could keep the same tariff arrangements currently held within the customs union on a temporary basis to avoid “unnecessary disruption” for businesses.

The Brexit Secretary is due to publish a paper on Tuesday to outline proposals for a temporary transition period to allow only one adaption to new rules.

In this time, the UK and EU would be allowed to negotiate new trade arrangements as businesses adjust to the new arrangements.

Reports suggest this would need to be discussed during the negotiations with the EU, but the proposals have not been met favourably.

Critics have blasted them as “a fantasy” which does little to reassure uncertain business owners.

Notable among the critics is Sir Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary, who labeled them “incoherent and inadequate” to address the concerns expressed by British businesses.