Corbyn poses for a selfie after giving a speech on Brexit at Coventry University. AFP / Ben STANSALL
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Britain should enter a new customs union with the European Union, opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said Monday, setting up a possible parliamentary defeat for Prime Minister Theresa May, who has vowed to leave the arrangement after Brexit. After months watching May's Conservatives voice deep divisions on the EU without committing himself to a clear vision of life outside the bloc, Corbyn said he wanted a "bespoke" customs union with exemptions for Britain on a number of issues.May argues that staying in a customs union, which imposes tariffs on many goods from outside the bloc, would limit Britain's freedom to strike new trade deals around the world after it leaves the EU in 2019 .Also, by leaving the single market, Britain would no longer have to accept unlimited immigration from the EU – one of the main issues that drove many people to vote for Brexit at a referendum in 2016 .The next election is due in 2022, so the 68-year-old socialist may never get to the negotiating table before Britain leaves the EU.
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