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Re: The Brexit referendum thread: potential consequences for GB, EU and the Brits in

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But it was never actually defined what was "leave the European Union".
It really does not matter, because there is only one option - A50. And that is very clear that all treaty rights and obligations end with BREXI. There is no option whatsoever to cherry pick this, even if the commission, the council of ministers and the parliament wanted to do it. It would require a treaty change.

The other thing that seems to be missing from this discussion is the fact that there is not a single customs union. The one referred to most often is the one between the 28 member states and approved by the WTO - EUCU. The UK cannot remain a member of this union for the reasons above.

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So, for example, Turkey, Andorra, San Marino, Akrotiri and Dhekelia, Bailiwick of Guernsey, Bailiwick of Jersey, the Isle of Man which are in the Customs Union but not members of the European Union?
As I pointed out, you are mixing a few things here. Some of these are member of the EUCU by virtue of their association with one of the member states, where as some are not, for instance Turkey stands out. It is in a customs union with the EU, but it is not the same EUCU agreement.

If the UK want a customs agreement it will have to be a similar agreement to Turkey and will require WTO approval. And that mean the UK will have to give up some of it's rights to negotiate independent of the customs union agreement.
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