Theresa May faces showdown with Brexiteers amid fears she could fudge her red line on quitting the Customs Union

Mail Online | 3/29/2017 | Tim Sculthorpe, Deputy Political Editor For Mailonline
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Theresa May faces a Brexiteer backlash today amid fears she could fudge her red line on leaving the customs union.

Brexit Secretary David Davis is set to lead a revolt aimed at ensuring there is no watering down of the commitment through a so-called 'customs partnership'.

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A showdown could happen as soon as Wednesday when Mr Davis, together with Trade Secretary Liam Fox and Foreign Secretary meet Mrs May at a Cabinet sub-committee meeting.

Critics claim any form of customs deal with the EU could frustrate Britain's ability to strike trade deals after Brexit.

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But the Prime Minister may be persuaded a continuing customs relationship could end the stalemate over the Irish border.

Downing Street last night insisted that Mrs May 'cannot and will not' abandon her plan to quit the EU's customs union – amid warnings a U-turn could spark a leadership challenge.

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The Prime Minister is under pressure to abandon a half-way house proposal.

The so-called 'customs partnership' would require the UK to collect EU tariffs on goods entering the country and pass them on to Brussels. If the UK set lower tariffs then firms would get a rebate.

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Prominent Eurosceptic Jacob Rees-Mogg described the idea as a 'really daft proposal' which is 'not workable'.

Former Brexit minister David Jones said the 'immensely complicated, and untried, arrangement is guaranteed to end up in chaotic failure' – a turn of events he said could lead to us staying in the customs union.

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He said: 'The result would be: ''Bang goes our independent trade policy and with it our independence. In effect, bang goes Brexit''.'

Iain Duncan Smith said the proposal could lead to the UK remaining in the customs union by the back door as it was likely to 'collapse'.

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The former Tory leader said the policy appeared to be driven by Whitehall mandarins, adding: 'People are really concerned...
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