Thursday, 16 August 2018 05:50



The SNP has called on the UK government to publish in full a new “logical and workable” post-Brexit customs arrangement plan, warning that time was running out to reach an agreement with the EU at the crucial October summit in only two months.

Stewart Hosie MP reiterated calls for the UK government to end its pursuit of a hard damaging Brexit, and instead put the interests of the economy and businesses first by committing to continued membership of the customs union after Brexit.

Earlier this week, Alan Winters, an economics professor and director of the UK Trade Policy Observatory at the University of Sussex, said that the customs blueprint in the Chequers plan proposed by Theresa May was “fanciful”.

Alan Winters also dismissed claims that 96% of goods would face little or no tariffs at the border under the Chequers plan – warning that it would be much lower.

In a letter to the Secretary of State for International Trade, SNP MP Stewart Hosie called on Liam Fox to publish fresh assessments setting out clearly the details of imported goods which will require additional checks and monitoring.

The SNP’s Westminster International Trade spokesperson, Stewart Hosie MP, commented:

“The Prime Minister could not sell her plan for a customs arrangement to her own Cabinet, with the suggested ‘Maximum Facilitation’ proposal laughed out of court. Now the so-called ‘Facilitated Customs Arrangement’ has been proven to be based on a series of false assumptions and blown out of the water by economic experts.

“The clock is ticking and time is quickly running out to develop and agree a customs plan which will actually work. The UK government must set out urgently and clearly logical and workable proposals, or run the risk of leading the UK down the road of economic self-sabotage.

“The SNP has been consistently clear that the only way to protect the economy, jobs and businesses is by committing to remain in the customs union and single market. Theresa May must heed the mounting economic case for remaining in both and bring to an end the instability and uncertainty.

“With only two months to go before the crucial October summit with EU leaders, I am calling on the International Trade Secretary to provide a credible customs plan before Parliament resumes in early September.”

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