Britain has said it wants an interim customs agreement with the European Union after Brexit to allow the freest possible trade of goods, but that it will also seek the right to negotiate other trade deals — a possible sticking point in the talks.
According to excerpts of a government document to be published on Tuesday setting out Britain’s strategy, the government will say one option to minimise friction when it leaves the bloc in March 2019 would be to introduce a temporary customs union, which should be “time-limited”.
That would provide certainty for businesses, the government said, aiming to address a main concern of companies who fear the introduction of customs checks will cause expensive delays.
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