Co-founder of pro-Brexit group Leave means Leave Richard Tice argued that a Canada style agreement would resolve the Brexit negotiations between the UK and Brussels.
Speaking on Sky News, he said: “The reality is why are ready to leave. We had a meeting with Michel Barnier three weeks ago, there was a deal on the table that we recommend, it’s the Canada style deal, where you basically get tariff-free on all goods.
“That could be agreed by July and it could be documented by the autumn, everybody knows where they stand.
“What’s happened is, the Prime Minister quite rightly asked for a deep and special relationship and deal.
“It’s pretty clear that actually many in the EU are not prepared to give that so we’ve got to accept where we are, move on and create some certainty.
“And if you went the Canada style route, you don’t even need a transition period.”
The European Union is expected to make Britain wait until after the transitional period before the UK can sign new trade deals with countries.
Downing Street confirmed Britain would be leaving the customs union after Brexit, allowing the UK to sign trade deals with countries across the globe.
During the Prime Minister’s trip to China at the beginning of the month, the International Trade Secretary Liam Fox also ruled out being in the customs union as it would hinder Britain’s opportunities post-Brexit.
He told Bloomberg: “It is very difficult to see how being in a customs union is compatible with having an independent trade policy because we would, therefore, be dependent on what the EU negotiated in terms of its trading policies and we’d be following behind that.
“We have to be outside of that to take advantage of those growing markets.
“One of the reasons we are leaving the European Union is to take control and that’s not possible with a common external tariff.”
February 12th, 2018: Express