Britain will not seek a post-Brexit customs union with EU - May's spokesman

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London, Britain February 21, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will not seek to enter a customs union with the European Union after it leaves the bloc next year, Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman said on Monday.

“The government will not be joining a customs union. We want to have the freedom to sign our own trade deals and to reach out into the world,” the spokesman said.

The comments came as the leader of the Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn, said he wanted Britain to negotiate a new customs union with the EU to ensure tariff-free trade after Brexit.

Reporting by William James; editing by Guy Faulconbridge