Theresa May's customs partnership proposal slammed as 'crazy' by Boris Johnson

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British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has attacked Prime Minister Theresa May's plan for a customs partnership with the European Union after the United Kingdom leaves the bloc - the latest outbreak of discord within the government over Brexit.

The issue of a new customers partnership with the European Union, rejected last week by the Prime Minister's Brexit "war cabinet" is continuing to divide the party.

Mr Johnson said a customs partnership scheme would not see the United Kingdom "taking back control" of its trade policy, laws, borders or money after Brexit, raising suggestions he could resign from Government if his objections are ignored.

"I think it is very clear that the British people voted to leave the customs union, that is our position as well", she said.

But pro-EU Tories, seeking to capitalise on the lack of agreement in the Cabinet and a House of Lords victory on the customs union, pushed for Mrs May to abandon her Brexit strategy and instead commit to a Norway-style approach within the European Economic Area (EEA) and European Free Trade Association (Efta).

She told The Andrew Marr Show: "We believe that there are ways to deal with this, and indeed, back in August of past year, as you know, the Government put forward various proposals".

The nature of the business meant "50 per cent of the parts come from out of the country", every hour, day and night and the customs partnership model meant being able to "import them without any checks at the border, without any paperwork".

Brexiteers have rejected the customs partnership, claiming it would keep the United Kingdom too closely tied to Brussels and Mrs May's inner war cabinet is thought to have lined up six-five against it, despite the Prime Minister and Mr Clark backing the model.

"I think it would be odd if the Prime Minister were to write one thing for the Sun on Sunday and for another thing to be going on in Downing Street", Rees-Mogg said.

Mr Johnson was even pictured holding up a copy of the speech with his thumb up at an airfield in Hungary, after bad weather prevented him making it back in time to be there in person.

"The Prime Minister asked officials to take forward that work as a priority".

The Cabinet minister added: "It's totally untried and would make it very, very hard to do free trade deals".

"If you have the new customs partnership, you have a insane system whereby you end up collecting the tariffs on behalf of the European Union at the United Kingdom frontier", he added.

Most importantly, he said the plan - which will leave the United Kingdom collecting tariffs on behalf of Brussels while operating its own independent regime - did not amount to "taking back control".

And one cupboard supply informed the Sunday Telegraph that it will be "unimaginable for the prime minister to press on with the hybrid mannequin after it has been torn aside by members of her personal Brexit committee".

A spokesman for the prime minister said May still had "full confidence" in Johnson, but pointed out that he and the rest of the Cabinet had previously supported the customs partnership proposal as a future option.

Trump is "surprised it's taking so long", Johnson said.



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