STAYING IN THE EU CUSTOMS UNION AFTER EXIT


They all involve us giving up our right to set and decide the tariffs which are applied to goods entering the UK from the rest of the world increased costs for UK consumers if we were to stay inside the Customs Union as a result of being required to continue to levy high tariffs on many kinds of goods which are available more cheaply on world marketsAs explained below, remaining in the EU customs union would have profound implications for the ability of the UK to govern itself as an independent nation, and would deprive it of the ability to decide its own laws over very wide fields of domestic policy extending far beyond customs controls themselves.   It would also prevent the UK from exercising an independent trade policy or concluding its own trade agreements with states outside the EU, and would inevitably result in the UK being subject to the continuing jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) over the interpretation and application of the common rules which regulate the customs union.   The reasons why these are the inevitable consequences of remaining in the customs union will now be explained.
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