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Keep the UK out of any form of customs union

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We will keep the UK [...] out of any form of customs union...

Conservative Party Manifesto 2019, p.5

Our verdict

  • This is a pledge to keep the UK out of the European Union Customs Union, which removes tariffs between members and imposes a common external tariff on goods entering the union.
  • The Withdrawal Agreement negotiated with the EU required the UK to leave the customs union after the transition period, and the government legislated to implement that agreement.
  • As of 11pm on 31 December 2020, the UK is no longer in the EU Customs Union.  This policy is ‘done’. 

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