The Foreign Secretary spoke as Theresa May has reportedly been offered an extension until October 31 by EU leaders. Mrs May conducted an emergency trip to Brussels in order to gain a possible extension to Brexit as the UK’s future with the EU remains uncertain. Speaking on ITV Peston Mr Hunt insisted that he sided with International Trade Secretary Liam Fox that a customs union just simply wouldn’t work for a country the size of the UK.
Speaking on the show Mr Hunt announced: “I completely agree with Liam Fox’s view that a customs union wouldn’t work for an economy the size of the UK.
“I don’t think it’s the right solution.”
Earlier this week Mr Fox recently criticised any plans of the UK being a part of customs union following its departure from the EU.
Writing in a letter to the 1922 Committee, Mr Fox regarded the initiative as putting the UK “in the worts of both worlds”.
Effectively, under a customs union on leaving the EU, the UK would still be forced to open its market to any EU country but would also be unable to set its own trade policy.
In a letter to the Committee’s chair, Mr Fox said: “In such a scenario the UK would have a new role in the global trading system – we ourselves would be traded.
“As the famous saying in Brussels goes, if you are not at the table, you are on the menu.”
Following her desperate dash to the EU powers to help gain support for an extension to Brexit, reports emerged last night that the UK would be offered an extension until October 31.
Despite stating that she would not seek a delay to “Brexit further than June 30” Mrs May has sought a much longer extension which could well increase the pressure she has faced from within her own party.
Having already faced a vote of no confidence in her leadership, MPs had also tried to pressure the 1922 Committee chair, Sir Graham Brady into holding a series of indicative votes into her leadership.
However, on the continent, Donald Tusk warned that neither side should be “humiliated”.
Mr Tusk urged that “neither side should be allowed to feel humiliated at any stage in this difficult process” and urged EU leader to treat the UK with respect.