November 5, 2018 / 7:50 AM / 16 days ago

UK Brexit-supporting lawmaker Baker: We must leave the EU customs union

FILE PHOTO: Steve Baker, a Minister at the Department for Exiting the European Union, leaves Downing Street, in central London, Britain June 14, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - A prominent rebel lawmaker in Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party said on Monday that the United Kingdom must leave the European Union’s customs union.

“If we’re going to regulate our own economy, if we’re going to have our own independent trade policy, if we’re going to be a normal, independent country which is what I understood the referendum to have decided, then we need to be out of the customs union,” lawmaker Steve Baker told BBC radio.

“And we need to get of the customs union in a timely way.”

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Michael Holden

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