PressTV-EU to accept UK-wide customs union: Report

The European Union is ready to accept Britain’s offer for having the entire United Kingdom in its customs union after a withdrawal from the bloc, a new report has suggested.

Ireland’s RTE News said Tuesday that the EU may accept to expand its inclusion of the British territory in the customs union for the two-year transition period after Brexit as a bid to end a current deadlock in negotiations with Britain to reach a broad agreement on future ties.

British Prime Minister Theresa May have resisted EU’s so-called backstop plan for including Northern Ireland in the customs union until a permanent solution for trade is agreed after Brexit. May says that solution will effectively separate Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK. She had instead urged the EU to include the entire UK in the customs union in the transition period, which will start as of March 29, 2019, and even beyond that until the two sides could reach a permanent agreement on…

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