‘We must remain full members of the Customs Union, for good’ - Jonathan Edwards

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A report published today by the All Party Parliamentary Group on EU Relations has put forward the categorical case for continued membership of the EU Customs Union. It contends that if Britain is to leave the European Union, we must remain full members of the Customs Union. Not simply for a transitional period, but for good. The paper sets out ten challenges the Government must address to justify its policy of leaving the Customs Union.

As Vice Chairs of the cross-party APPG, Plaid Cymru’s Jonathan Edwards MP and Dafydd Wigley have highlighted the importance of remaining full members of the Customs Union long after any transitional arrangements to guarantee security for jobs and businesses linked to the UK’s largest trading bloc.

The points made in the paper are in direct contrast to Labour’s position announced earlier this week which, similarly to the British Government’s position paper, called for Customs Union membership guarantees for the transitional period alone.

Plaid Cymru challenges Labour to also address the ten challenges directed at the British Government in the paper to justify why they too are calling for Customs Union membership only a temporary basis.

Jonathan Edwards MP, Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on EU Relations said:

“We must remain full members of the Customs Union. Not simply for a transitional period, but for good. The paper published today reveals just how important continued membership is for guaranteeing security for jobs and businesses linked to the UK's largest trading bloc.

“The points made in the paper are in direct contrast to Labour’s position announced earlier this week which, similarly to the British Government’s position paper, called for Customs Union membership guarantees for the transitional period alone.

“Labour are in agreement with the Tories on the fundamental issues of Brexit. I challenge Labour to also address the ten challenges set out in the report to justify why they are only calling for full membership of the Customs Union on a temporary basis.

"Plaid Cymru has been unequivocal in its view that Wales and the rest of the UK must remain members of the Single Market and Customs Union. We stand by that view and will oppose any moves to the contrary at every possible opportunity.

“I am delighted to have worked with individuals across the political divide on this ground-breaking report. I urge the Labour leadership to address the ten challenges we have issued to the British Government, or join us in our constructive effort to protect workers and businesses as further negotiations get underway."

A copy of the full report and the ten challenges can be found here.

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