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Labour to force Cabinet ministers to come clean on customs deal options

LABOUR will today force a binding vote in the Commons requiring the government to publish Cabinet papers on the two customs options being considered by ministers.

The party hopes that this debate will help break the deadlock in the Brexit negotiations a week after Cabinet splits over future customs arrangements had deepened.

A motion to be debated by MPs will call on the government to release all papers prepared for the Brexit subcommittee on the proposed customs partnership and maximum facilitation model, including any economic analysis, to Parliament .

Unlike typical opposition day debates, the motion will be binding on the government.

Labour will also accuse ministers of sidelining Parliament by holding private briefings with only Tory MPs about their customs plans.

Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said: “The government’s Brexit strategy is in complete and utter deadlock … the Prime Minister has wasted months pursing two fatally flawed customs options and presiding over a government that is too busy arguing with itself to negotiate for Britain.”
“If Theresa May is too weak to take that decision, then she should give Parliament the information to let it decide,” he added.


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