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Why would the EU agree to Labour’s customs union proposal?

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has set out his proposals for a new post-Brexit UK-EU customs union, which allows the UK "a meaningful say" in future EU trade negotiations.  Open Europe's Aarti Shankar argues that it is highly unlikely the UK could play a "meaningful" role in the future.

Labour is seeking an unprecedented solution that would be extremely difficult to negotiate.  Third countries in a customs union with the EU do not enjoy any formal representation or influence through the EU.

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