Government facing defeat over customs union

PUBLISHED: 11:22 22 April 2018

The government is facing defeat in the Commons over remaining in a European customs union
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The government is facing defeat in the Commons over remaining in a European customs union Photo: PA

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Members of Theresa May’s team believe she could have to accept continued membership of a European customs union, according to reports.

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Leaks to the Sunday Times suggest senior aides said they would not be “crying into our beer” if parliament forces the government’s hand by voting in favour of remaining in a customs union.

But the prime minister would face fury from Brexiteer backbenchers which could spark a leadership challenge. It is also believed Boris Johnson and Liam Fox could resign from the front bench if the government concedes to staying in a customs union.

Last week the Lords voted to remain in a customs unions and at least 10 Tory MPs are expected to rebel in the Commons.

One Tory source said: “Theresa May doesn’t appear to have the numbers in the Commons – what the fall out will be remains to be seen.”

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