The move is aimed at protecting Britain’s automotive industry and not disrupt its well-oiled supply chain.
Britain’s health minister, Jeremy Hunt stated the country will align its regulations with the European Union’s in some areas, including the automotive sector, after March 31, 2019, once it leaves the world’s largest trading bloc.
The possibility of the British government changing its position on leaving the customs union after Brexit is zero, said Hunt to the BBC radio.
“There will be areas and sectors of industry where we agree to align our regulations with European regulations, the automotive industry is perhaps an obvious example because of supply chains that are integrated, but it will be on a voluntary basis,” said Hunt to the BBC.
In a move aimed at placating domestic interests, Hunt said, as a sovereign power Britain has the right “to choose to diverge.”
“What we won’t be doing is accepting changes in rules because the EU unilaterally chooses to make those changes.”
Hunt’s meeting with the BBC follows British Prime Minister Theresa May telling her top aids to resolve the differences over the government’s strategy vis-a-vis the European Union.