Earlier today (30 March 2017) Mike Gapes, MP for Ilford South, probed the government on whether it planned to withdraw from the customs union. Below is an exchange between Mike Gapes MP and David Davis, the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union.
Mike Gapes (Labour/Co-operative, Ilford South): Yesterday, the Prime Minister did not mention the customs union in her statement and nor is it referred to in her letter to President Tusk. Paragraph 1.22 says that
“we will introduce a customs bill to establish a framework to implement a UK customs regime.”
Will the Secretary of State confirm that he intends to take us out of the customs union?
David Davis (The Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union): Unusually for the hon. Gentleman, as an ex-Select Committee Chairman, he missed the fact that the Prime Minister made direct reference to the White Paper, which covers exactly that point.