Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has torn apart a move towards a so-called ‘customs partnership’, despite it being the preferred option of Prime Minister Theresa May.
There has already been a backlash against the plan from Cabinet Ministers in government, and now Boris has come out heavily against telling the Daily Mail: “It’s totally untried and would make it very, very difficult to do free trade deals.”
Boris went on: “If you have the new customs partnership, you have a crazy system whereby you end up collecting the tariffs on behalf of the EU at the UK frontier.
“If the EU decides to impose punitive tariffs on something the UK wants to bring in cheaply there’s nothing you can do.
“That’s not taking back control of your trade policy, it’s not taking back control of your laws, it’s not taking back control of your borders and it’s actually not taking back control of your money either, because tariffs would get paid centrally back to Brussels.”
There you have it: if you want to take back control as the British people voted for, this plan is a non-starter. It couldn’t be clearer.