The government would not pursue policy aimed at keeping the United Kingdom within a customs union, the media said, citing a Downing Street source.
The issue of Britain's withdrwal from te EU customs union has been a stumbing block in the parliament ever since in March, May announced the UK government's decision to leave the customs union, as well as the single market with the EU in order to pursue an independent trade policy, however she reiterated that Britain would remain committed to ensuring smooth trade with the bloc.
On June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom voted in a referendum to leave the European Union. The negotiations between London and Brussels are due to be completed by the end of March 2019. In December, the parties moved to the second phase of the talks, which will be dedicated to the transition period in EU-UK relations after Brexit, and their future long-term trade and security cooperation.