May proposes new customs plan to divided government
Prime Minister Theresa May will propose on Friday a new plan to ease trade and offer Britain more freedom to set tariffs after Brexit, a last-ditch attempt to unite her divided government on plans to leave the European Union.
Her Downing Street office said May will unveil the plan – the “facilitated customs arrangement” – to her team of ministers at her country residence Chequers, trying to secure an agreement to push on with all-but-stalled Brexit talks.
May is under increasing pressure from EU officials, companies and some lawmakers to move forward with negotiations to leave the EU, a departure that will mark Britain’s biggest trading and foreign policy shift in almost half a century.
The new plan will see Britain closely mirror EU rules, use technology to determine where goods will end up and therefore which tariffs should be applied, and hand Britain the freedom to set its own tariffs on goods.
Her aides suggest the plan “offers the best of both worlds”.