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More from Sky’s Faisal Islam on government customs policy.
Government policy stated at the Lancaster House speech last year by the PM was: “I do not want us to be bound by the Common External Tariff”… Asked if this is still policy, they’re getting back to me. pic.twitter.com/Trl946ZbU1
Perhaps one might argue there is a difference between *the* Common External tariff and *a* external tariff that is common (& temporary) and choosing out o free will to apply it and being “bound” by it…
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Theresa May also had a meeting in Sofia this morning with Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, and Emmanuel Macron, the French president. Over a rather nice breakfast, by the look of it.
Here is the readout Number 10 released afterwards. A spokesperson said:
In a trilateral meeting in the margins of the Western Balkans Summit in Sofia, Prime Minister Theresa May met with Chancellor Merkel and President Macron to discuss the decision by the US to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA).
The leaders reiterated their firm commitment to ensuring the deal is upheld, stressing it is important for our shared security. They pledged to work with the remaining parties to the deal to this end.