Number 10 lobby briefing on customs union, Trump visit, FOBTs and Windrush

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23rd April 2018

Here is a summary of this morning's briefing for lobby journalists by the Prime Minister's official spokesman.

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CUSTOMS UNION

On the issue of whether the Prime Minister is willing to accept a customs union with the EU after Brexit, the spokesman said: "We have put forward two options, they were set out in the Mansion House speech and elsewhere, and those are the two options which we are moving forward with. We are absolutely clear that we are leaving the customs union and that we will be free to strike our own trade deals around the world.

"We think both of the options we have put forward can provide solutions to the Irish border and to having a smooth customs arrangement with the EU."

He added: "What's important is that all sides work constructively and work together to find a solution and we think that both ...