As the withdrawal negotiations with the EU draw to a conclusion, much of the debate has turned to the issue of remaining in the Customs Union and retaining access to the Single Market which, we are told, is of huge benefit to the UK economy. This contention is not supported by the economic record during the last 17 years of the UK’s membership of the EU. Please continue to read the Economic Impact of UK Trade with the EU and Non EU between 2000 – 2017 here.