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UK business leaders propose partial customs union with EU

UK business leaders propose partial customs union with EU

LONDON: In a 10-page report, entitled “Customising Brexit: A hybrid option for a UK-EU trade framework,” the Institute of Directors (IoD) urged London to seek a “bespoke, partial customs union with the EU.”

At the same time, the hybrid option would give London the “freedom to forge its own trade policy” and seek free trade deals with other countries in areas not covered, or complement the customs union with a wide-ranging free trade deal on these areas.

“We must be ambitious in undertaking the most important negotiations this country has embarked on for decades and push for a bespoke solution,” IoD head Stephen Martin said in a statement.

Allie Renison, the author of the paper in charge of Europe and trade policy, said there has been much talk and much less action on forging a UK-EU trade relationship 20 months on from the referendum, in which a majority of UK voters backed leaving the bloc to pursue a global Britain.