4th February 2019

Leave the customs union – email the Prime Minister

TELL THE PM:

  • HONOUR THE REFERENDUM VOTE

  • LEAVE THE EU AND CUSTOMS UNION

  • TAKE BACK CONTROL OF LAWS AND TRADE

 

Dear Prime Minister,

In the 2017 election manifesto, the Conservatives made it clear that to honour the referendum result, we must leave the customs union.

On over 30 occasions across the media and in Parliament, you have repeated that you will abide by that commitment. Last summer, Parliament voted down an attempt to keep us in a customs union as the default if we do not strike a free trade deal with the EU. To go back on that commitment would be extremely damaging to the country, Parliament and the Conservative party’s prospects. It would mean putting the interests of foreign-owned multinationals and a small minority of the UK economy ahead of a decision taken by the British electorate. Surely, mitigating short-term disruption in supply chains is better than locking ourselves into a permanently disadvantageous trade relationship?

Staying in the customs union would also mean outsourcing large parts of our trade policy as an independent sovereign nation - potentially forever - to the EU, a body over which we will have no democratic control and no influence.

More fundamentally, it would wreck any prospects of the UK securing trade deals with the fastest growing economies across the globe. The EU would offer up access to our market without any reciprocal arrangement to benefit us. It would be a terrible outcome for the world’s fifth largest economy.

I urge you to take back control of our laws and trade and deliver a Brexit with a free trade deal or under WTO rules.

Signed,



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