Chancellor criticised after signing article saying UK would be outside customs union during post-Brexit transition period

Philip Hammond has been accused of ceding ground to cabinet Brexiters on Sunday after adding his signature to an article saying the UK would not remain in the customs union framework during the transitional period after Brexit.

The chancellor clarified the government’s position in a statement jointly written with Liam Fox, the international trade secretary, saying that the UK would be “outside the customs union” during the post-Brexit transition phase and that at that point it would be “a ‘third country’, not party to the EU treaties”.

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