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Thursday, 14 February 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Strengthening the competitiveness of the Internal Market by developing the EU customs union and its governance (debate)

  Tim Aker, on behalf of the EFDD Group. – Mr President, it was interesting to read this report as you seem to have more confidence in Britain leaving the European Union than both the UK Government and Mr Robbins, Theresa May’s negotiator. Whereas Recital I identifies that the UK will leave the European Union, Ms May and her negotiator are giving out completely different messages. The latest on the table is the complete fudge of membership of the Customs Union. With it comes permanent loss of sovereignty; we will be leaving in name only.

It is now the overwhelmingly popular view of the British people that we must leave the EU without a deal. You could have had a sensible deal based solely on trade but you cling on to hopeless faith that Britain will change its mind, that we will vote again and again and again. That may have worked with Ireland but it won’t work with the United Kingdom.

The clock is ticking down to 29 March. You have time to change your minds and create a deal based solely on a free trade agreement. The eurozone is heading into recession and it will be by your actions that you push it over the edge.

(The speaker declined to take a blue—card question from Charles Tannock)

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