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UK seeks temporary customs union with EU

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Britain published a position paper in a bid to negotiate a "temporary customs union" arrangement with the European Union (EU) for an interim period after Brexit to avoid chaos in cross-border trade.

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Britain is seeking to strike the EU deal to retain the main benefits of the customs union for years after it has left the regional bloc, said the position paper.

The official document, the first in a series of "future partnership papers" to reveal the British government's strategy on the post-Brexit arrangement, was published as part of London's efforts to counter criticism from Brussels about its approach to the Brexit talks.

EU officials said in July that it was hard to make a progress in the Brexit talks because Britain had no position at all on many issues.

Britain hopes to keep the temporary arrangement in place until a final trade agreement with the EU takes effect, according to the paper.

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