The customs union explained in 30 seconds

Theresa May

It reduces administrative and financial trade barriers, such as customs checks and charges, and boosts economic co-operation.

Remainer MPs hope that Irish and EU negotiators will hold out for a solution to the Border issue that keeps the whole of the United Kingdom in a customs union.

"We will review this decision when the Bill returns to the House of Commons to ensure we deliver a workable piece of legislation that provides certainty as we leave".

It comes after peers in the House of Lords rejected the United Kingdom government's EU Withdrawal Bill and instead voted in favor of a customs union amendment.

Labour MP Chuka Umunna and backbench pro-Remain Tory Anna Soubry have tabled amendments to the Trade and Customs Bill that will make staying in the customs union a legal objective of the government.

Downing Street has insisted that the United Kingdom will still leave the customs union, the European Union's trade regime, ahead of a key vote on the issue.

Remember Vote Leave's call to "take back control"?

The prime minister's problem is that her approach does not command a majority in parliament, where fears about the impact of leaving the customs union on British manufacturers and on the Border in Ireland are growing as Brexit approaches.

He said: "The people have spoken and have chosen by a clear majority to leave the European Union and take back control of their laws".

She has said the United Kingdom would leave the EU's single market and customs union after Brexit in March 2019, noting the country may suffer new trade barriers as a result of her move.

Inside the EU, Britain was an influential player and shaped.

Earlier this year, a leaked government report predicted that leaving the customs union would reduce the growth of the United Kingdom economy by up to 8% over the next 15 years. One of May's senior aides told a meeting last month that her team would "not be crying into our beer" if Parliament forces the Government's hand.

Politicians, including 10 pro-Remain Tories, are expected to voice their concerns regarding Mrs May's insistence that Britain should leave the customs union when Brexit comes into effect next year.

"She has said that we are not going to be part of the Customs Union or any customs union".

The Irish border is a key element of their case.

Supporters of the customs union say it would help to keep an open border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Mr Umunna said on Twitter: 'The Brextremists threaten May with a leadership election if she concedes on the customs union but a new Tory leader would face the same parliamentary arithmetic'.

Eurosceptic Conservative MPs have told Sky News they expect the amendments from the Lords to be reversed, stating it would be a matter of confidence in the Government.

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