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A lot of people think that staying in the customs union would mean "not really leaving". In fact, it's far far worse than that. It would be more harmful than either leaving or staying. Once it were agreed, even on a supposedly temporary basis, we'd be stuck.
As a mental exercise, can we imagine an outcome so obviously harmful that Leavers and Remainers would agree that it was the worst of all worlds? Yes. Keeping all our existing obligations with no vote. How can Britain be *contemplating* such self-mutilation?