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Why is the UK is still bending over backwards to please Brussels?

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There is so much going on around Brexit, it is easy to lose track of important developments.

One recent development in particular has received way too little attention.

At the end of August, the government released its thoughts on a future customs model that purported to achieve the Holy Grail of Brexit, namely free and frictionless trade.

Read more: The EU always reaches for more Europe

First, UK exports to the EU would be tariff free. Second, the UK would not be part of the EU’s protectionist common external tariff (CET), and would therefore be free to pursue an independent trade policy to negotiate free trade agreements.

Essentially the UK would mirror the EU’s requirements for imports from the rest of the world where their final destination was the EU. The UK would be a border agent for the EU, collecting the CET on EU destined goods at a UK border entry point, but operating ITS own post-Brexit WTO tariff schedule........

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