The Times: May warned her Brexit customs plan might not be legal16 May 2018 | 04:23 | FOCUS News Agency
The Brexit secretary, who backed the Leave campaign, is understood to have raised the threat of a legal challenge in a letter to Theresa May setting out his opposition to the proposal.
He has the backing of other Brexit-supporting cabinet ministers, who warned that if the government backed the partnership plan now it would be too late to reverse the policy if significant legal obstacles emerged. “In that scenario you’d end up staying in the customs union because you’d have no other choice,” a senior source said.
The attorney-general’s office has been asked to provide an urgent legal opinion before the cabinet makes its final decision. The advice will be provided directly to Mrs May and not considered by the cabinet sub-committee set up last week to examine the proposal’s merits. This has alarmed opponents of the customs partnership plan.
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