The truth about the EU’s Customs Union

Brexit Fightback - One-pager no.8 – The Customs Union - Nine Brexit groups endorsing


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The EU Customs Union is about selling goods
The EU27 countries made a profit of £95 BILLION selling goods to the UK last year

Remain MPs talk a lot about the EU's Customs Union. Few know much about it. Below we present some real facts, researched from HMRC, the EU's official statistics agency Eurostat, the EU Commission, and the House of Commons Library.

This one-pager shows how the EU27 countries profit massively by selling goods to the UK.
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This is factsheet no.8 in our Brexit Fightback Initiative.

Nine Brexit organisations endorse this factsheet

Brexit Facts4EU.Org is pleased to announce that once again some great Brexit organisations have come together, to endorse the eighth factsheet in the series.

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Brexit Facts4EU.Org Summary

The EU Customs Union is about selling goods
The EU27 countries made a profit of £95 BILLION selling goods to the UK last year

The official data below comes from HMRC, from Eurostat, from the EU Commission, and from the HoC Library.

For the EU, the UK is a big earner when it comes to its Customs Union goods trade with the UK

  • The EU27 countries made £95 billion pounds profit from the UK in 2018 alone
  • They sold us £266 billion of goods last year
  • They only bought £172 billion of goods from us

It’s little wonder the EU27 refer to the UK
as ‘Treasure Island’

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Since the EU Referendum in 2016, the EU27 countries have sold
over £¼ TRILLION pounds more goods to the UK than we have sold to them

Brexit Facts4EU.Org Summary

Trading with the EU? No membership of anything is required
179 non-EU states around the world sell into the EU [EU data]

  • They are not members of the Customs Union, but they sell successfully to the EU
  • They are not members of the Single Market, but they sell successfully to the EU
  • They are not members of the EEA or EFTA, but they sell successfully to the EU
  • They have control of their borders, their money, and their laws, and yet they sell successfully to the EU
  • And the only country in the top 40 with a full, ratified Free Trade Agreement is South Korea

When the UK leaves the EU, it will become the 2nd-biggest buyer of EU goods in the World

  • The UK market is vital to the EU27
  • It's almost as large as the USA and is far more important to the EU27 than China.
  • Leaving the Customs Union, the trade-weighted average EU tariff for non-agricultural products is only 2.8%. Only 8.7% for agricultural products.

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Over 85% of sales into the EU in 2018 came from countries with no membership of the Customs Union, no membership of the Single Market, EEA, EFTA, or anything else which Remain MPs might be able to think of.

The EU Customs Union doesn’t work for the UK.
Let’s join the 179 non-EU states which simply don’t need it.

Endorsed by a NINE Brexit organisations with big reach

We are pleased to tell readers that we have received endorsements for this factsheet from eight other Brexit organisations, each acting independently. With us that makes nine

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These are: Brexit Facts4EU.Org, Alliance of British Entrepreneurs, Get Britain Out, Economists for Free Trade, Fishing for Leave, Global Britain, Veterans for Britain, Better Off Out (part of The Freedom Association), and Campaign for an Independent Britain . We recommend visiting their websites and following them on Twitter and Facebook, if you haven't already done so.

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Once again Brexit Facts4EU.Org has summarised the results of our years of research and articles into a simple one-pager for the public and for MPs. And once again this factsheet has been endorsed by nine major Brexit organisations, including us.

By the very nature of a one-pager it is impossible to include all the facts we have published over the past few years. In common with the other factsheets in this series we have looked at facts which we believe are of most interest.

As ever, Remainer MPs and campaigners will say “Oh but what about xyz?” Our response is simple. First, answer the abc’s.

This is the eighth in the Brexit Fightback Initiative series and we desperately need to get the rest completed and endorsed. Other subjects will include Defence, Fishing, and several more fundamental areas where we have powerful arguments to make. They will contain official facts and figures, and simple charts, to illustrate the points at a glance.

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[ Sources: HMRC | EU Commission | Eurostat | UK Office for National Statistics | House of Commons Library ]
- Brexit Facts4EU.Org, Sun 20 October 2019

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