He said: “That’s a real problem because the customs union on its own does not solve the seamless border issues ...
you require regulatory alignment as well, and that means the single market.
The North East Somerset MP told the BBC’s the prime minister’s refusal to adopt his proposed approach was “an error”.
Infighting within the Cabinet has prevented a solid position from being reached, with some MPs content that "no deal is better than a bad deal" while others rally behind single market access.
Though progress was made last year, there has still been no solid agreement on whether there should be a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
To ensure borderless travel on the island, the countries must be in regulatory alignment and therefore adhere to the same rules as the customs union.
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