Future bilateral trade deals

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My own view is that we are unlikely to be able to find an orderly way of achieving Brexit while preserving the significant economic benefits of frictionless trade in goods between the EU and the UK without, at least initially, establishing a customs union between the UK and the EU – and I shall continue to support that line of action in the hope that it will enable us to achieve a cross-party majority for an orderly Brexit before the summer.