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05.12.2017 | David Davis no part of the UK will be left in the customs union'
Source - The Daily Express

The Brexit secretary said it was "not something the Government was considering", as he sent a message to Scotland's Nicola Sturgeon and London Mayor Sadiq Khan who were "banging the tattered drum of independence". He accused them of "making a foolish mistake" as he said "no UK government let alone a Conservatoive Unionist one" would accept the UK remaining in the customs union after Brexit. Anna Soubry MP waded into the debate saying "regulatory alignment could be a solution" and "if it is good enough for Northern Ireland it is good enough for the rest of the country". But Mr Davis replied: "You can take it as a guarantee from me, we will not be treating any part of the United Kingdom any differently from any other part. "We were elected on a manifesto to leave the customs union and the single market." The Tory politician insisted the PM was "now close to concluding the first phase and moving on to talking about trade" with the EU, telling the chamber: "All parties remain confident of a positive conclusion by the end of the week". His remarks were in reply to Labour's Keir Starmer, who asked: "What an embarrassment - the last 24 hours have given a new meaning to the phrase 'coalition of chaos'. "Yesterday the rubber hit the road. Fantasy has hit reality. "Will the Prime Minister now rethink her reckless red lines and put options such as a customs union and single market back on the table for negotiation?" The shadow Brexit minister also blasted the DUP as "wagging the tail of the Tory dog" after Brexit talks were left in tatters over the Irish border yesterday. Mr Davis told MPs the issue of maintaining "a frictionless border between the UK and Ireland" will be dealt with in the next phase of negotiations. Meanwhile, Tory MPs also praised the DUP for ensuring Mrs May stuck to the “Brexit red lines”.


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