UK will not remain in the Customs Union after Brexit

What has been brewing over weeks for clarity on UK’s position as demanded by Michel Barnier for an “orderly withdrawal” from the EU has now become firm.


by our London Correspondent

( February 6, 2018, London, Sri Lanka Guardian) The month of February 2018 is considered crucial for Britain and European Union.

UK and EU will hold the first formal Brexit talks since the Interim deal December 2017 when optimism was created at the EU Summit of Leaders, which unlocked details on their future relationship.

EU/UK Article 50 Negotiations in Brussels will commence 6 to 9 February 2018.

The Withdrawal issues, Ireland and Northern Ireland and Implementation will be “thrashed out “on Tuesday 6 February, while on Friday 9 February a Meeting at Coordinators Level without Britain’s Theresa May, will update EU/UK future relationship.

In preparation, Michel Barnier, EU Negotiator is meeting British Prime Minister Theresa May today, 5 February 2018.

Details are still vague, but it has been announced this morning by 10 Downing Street that UK has categorically decided it will be leaving the Customs Union after Brexit on 29 March 2019.

What has been brewing over weeks for clarity on UK’s position as demanded by Michel Barnier for an “orderly withdrawal” from the EU has now become firm.

What this means is that Britain will now be able to strike trade deals around the world, something which a Customs Union could have prevented.

It also means Prime Minister May’s refusal to accept full freedom of movement for EU citizens during the transition period, a hard line stance, creating two classes of EU citizens, one that will qualify to stay in the UK indefinitely through settled status and “one that might” become illegal at the end of the transition period.

This is what Britain has wanted and prepared all along before triggering Art.50.

Author: Sri Lanka Guardian

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