British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson criticized the proposal for a customs partnership with the European Union, for which Prime Minister Teresa May spoke and which was supported by Finance Minister Philip Hammond, Daily Mail writes. The British authorities must decide which of the two customs schemes of relations with the EU they will apply. Theresa May advocated a customs partnership, implying that the UK will, on behalf of the EU, levy duties on goods imported into the country and sent to the EU. Fears of opponents are due to the fact that such an option may prevent the UK from pursuing an independent trade policy outside the EU. According to the second scheme, called “maximum simplification”, the goods will be monitored electronically, they will be handled by the tax authorities of the respective countries. As the newspaper notes, this will lead to significant disagreements on the borders of Great Britain with the EU.
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