May struggles to unite Tories on Brexit customs plan
May has insisted the U.K. will be leaving the EU customs union after Brexit and has rejected the EU’s suggestion that Northern Ireland remain inside the bloc in order to maintain trade flows with the Irish Republic to the south. EU officials had previously expressed skepticism about the government’s latest ideas.
The U.K. said that it will make a formal proposal for post-Brexit customs arrangements soon. It needs to win the EU’s approval if there’s going to be an overall Brexit deal before the U.K. leaves the bloc in 9 months’ time.