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Irish PM calls for UK customs union

[ August 4, 2017   //   ]

Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar called for an EU-UK custom union and a transition period after Brexit during a visit to Ulster on 4 August. He suggested that it could be run along similar lines to the arrangement between the EU and Turkey, he said in a speech at Queen’s University Belfast.

He said that he also favoured the UK joining the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) – as are Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland – in order to remain associated with the EU single market.

He also suggested a transition period with the UK staying in the single market and customs union while issues are worked out.

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