The customs union explained in 30 seconds

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Up to now, Prime Minister May has sided with the Brexiteers, repeatedly promising that Britain will leave the European Union's customs union and not join any similar arrangement after Brexit.

But it could give an indication of the opposition the prime minister might face in a crunch vote on the issue next month.

He is one of many vocal Tory MPs, including Michael Gove, opposing any softening of a withdrawal from the customs union.

Though the looming Commons vote on a pro-customs union motion would be a symbolic, non-binding one, it has the potential to deepen Tory wounds on Brexit.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Brexit Secretary David Davis and Trade Secretary Liam Fox are said to be pushing to leave the customs union and arrange a union with the EU from outside.

Supporters of staying in some form of a customs union say this would avoid tariffs for British businesses, which could push up the cost of goods and services.

A SENIOR minister has played down reports Theresa May is preparing a U-turn on the government's plan to leave the customs union with the EU. His euroskeptic cabinet colleague, Liam Fox, the worldwide trade secretary, is also a passionate advocate for leaving European Union common tariffs and commercial policies. "We are not going to be part of the customs union or a customs union because she thinks if we did that we would not be delivering the Brexit that the British people voted for".

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Politicians, including 10 pro-Remain Tories, are expected to voice their concerns regarding Mrs May's insistence that Britain should leave the customs union when Brexit comes into effect next year.

Mr Wilson told the BBC's Sunday Politics that would be a mistake. On Brexit, only 31 percent say the government is managing it "well".

More than half of Chichester Observer readers polled think we would be better off economically in Europe - and a majority want to stick with the Single Market.

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Amendments to the bill were tabled by MPs Anna Soubry and Chuka Umunna, who tweeted "the Brextremists threaten May with a leadership election if she concedes on the customs union". Such deals can't be reached while the U.K.is covered by European Union bilateral accords.

Those in favour of remaining in the customs union argue that cutting trading ties would severely damage the United Kingdom economy. The maker of Lurpak butter said it needs to save at least €400 million ($500 million) because of currency losses after the Brexit referendum.

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