British’ Prime Minister Theresa May announced her stance over customs union in Brexit clause. Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn previously called the government to stay with European Union (EU) but the premier sees, such act would diminish country’s ability to strike trade deals.

Labour Party has asked for a permanent and comprehensive United Kingdom (UK)-wide customs union with the EU, with the same external tariff. While the existing declaration expects for a condition that provides benefits of a customs union with no tariffs, fees, charges or quantitative restrictions across all sectors and no checks on rules of origin.

Despite the customs union proposal rejection, May still hoped for further discussions with Labour over alternative arrangements to the backstop to the Northern Irish border which she is seeking to secure with EU leaders. She revealed Parliament will play a bigger role in directing negotiations with the EU.