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Boris Johnson has said he wants to 'start being a bit more positive about Brexit' as he vowed that Britain would leave the EU's customs union 'well before the next election'.
The Tory frontrunner said preparations for a No Deal Brexit on October 31 would be 'invaluable' even if a cliff-edge exit did not take place, as Britain would eventually need to leave the customs union anyway.
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However, he said he would still prefer to preserve a 'zero-tariff, zero-quota' arrangement after Britain leaves the EU in order to 'smooth things over for business'.
Mr Johnson spoke to ITV's Robert Peston in an interview broadcast tonight, as the Tory leadership race enters its final stages with the winner - and new UK Prime Minister - set to be announced on Tuesday morning.
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'What will happen at some point in the next couple of years is that we will have to come out of those arrangements finally,' he said.
'On October 31, we leave the EU's legal order. What you might do is protract the current zero-tariff, zero-quota arrangements so as to smooth things over for business.
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'Then we get on with negotiating a free-trade agreement, and in the context of that free-trade agreement we solve all the issues of how to have frictionless trade at the Irish border.
'But the reason it's so important to prepare for a no deal where you come out whole and entire on October 31 is that whatever happens in the next few years we're going to have to make that kind of adjustment.'
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Brussels has said it will not renegotiate the deal it agreed with Theresa May, which included a transitional period.
However, that deal was rejected three times in the House of Commons.
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Asked when Britain might leave the customs union, Mr Johnson said:...
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