Michel Barnier today made it clear that the EU would never agree to a third country collecting customs charges on its behalf – the very idea that lies at the heart of the Government’s Brexit White Paper and its Facilitated Customs Agreement proposal.
Commenting, Ben Bradshaw MP, a leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“The Prime Minister may not want to hear it, but Michel Barnier was crystal clear: the ‘Facilitated Customs Arrangement’ plan at the centre of her Brexit White Paper is unacceptable to the EU.
“The White Paper is dead. It has expired. It has ceased to be. It has gone to join the choir invisible.
“Once again the chaos and confusion at the heart of Brexit is exposed. Mrs May’s scheme could not command a majority in the Commons two weeks ago when she allowed the Brextremists to mutilate it. Now we know that hardly mattered because it was not acceptable to the EU in any case.
“There is only one way out of this mess and that is to have a People’s Vote on the final outcome of the Brexit negotiations. Brexit is a big deal, but it is very far indeed from a done deal and with the politicians unable to agree it must be for the people to decide.”