||<p>During the implementation period, participating in a customs union should not preclude
us from formally negotiating — or indeed signing — trade agreements. Although, of
course, they would not enter into force until the implementation period has ended.</p><p><strong>
</strong></p><p>After the implementation period, the whole of the UK will be leaving
the Customs Union and Single Market and implementing our own independent trade policy.
There has been no change to that position.</p><p> </p>