Grounds for hope in customs union talks with Labour, says Hunt

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Foreign secretary says voters will punish both main parties if they cannot deliver Brexit

There are grounds for hope that a customs union arrangement may be negotiable with Labour, Jeremy Hunt has said, as he warned that both main parties would continue to be punished by their core voters for as long as they failed to deliver Brexit.

In a Guardian interview, the foreign secretary said: “The ground for hope is that Labour has been clear that they want the benefit of a customs union arrangement – essentially frictionless trade, which is necessary for a Northern Ireland border and for our manufacturing supply chains – and we want that too. So if we can find a solution that brings the benefits of a customs union, that is something that could be a prize.”

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