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UK’s Corbyn backs permanent customs union with EU

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Jeremy Corbyn, leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party, has voiced his support for a permanent customs union with the European bloc after Brexit.

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Speaking at Coventry University in London, Corbyn accused Theresa May’s Conservative government of having “no economic plan and no plan for Brexit,” adding that with Labour in power there would be no “scapegoating of migrants.”

Great Britian is home to over a million Polish expats, who account for the largest foreign community in the country. According to a Companies House register, Poles run over 30,000 UK companies.

"We have long argued that a customs union is a viable option for the final deal,” Corbyn said as he spoke in favour of a new customs agreement with the EU at the end of the planned two-year transition period after Great Britain leaves the bloc in March 2019.

He added that Labour “would seek to negotiate a new comprehensive UK-EU customs union to ensure that there are no tariffs with Europe and to help avoid any need for a hard border in Northern Ireland."

"Labour would seek a final deal that gives full access to European markets and maintains the benefits of the single market and the customs union... with no new impediments to trade and no reduction in rights, standards and protections," Corbyn said.

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