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UK 'still haggling' with EU over financial terms of Brexit

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David Davis has refused to rule out making payments to Brussels for temporary customs arrangements after leaving the EU.

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The Brexit Secretary will publish proposals on Tuesday morning, outlining plans for a time-limited transition which would ensure businesses on both sides of the Channel only have to adapt once to the rule changes.

In a series of broadcast interviews, Davis failed to rule out whether the UK would have to pay for the temporary customs deal, which he said would last "something like two years".

He also suggested the temporary arrangements could allow Britain to negotiate trade deals with other countries for when it leaves, as current rules bar members of the EU customs union from making their own deals outside the bloc.

Pressed on whether the UK would have to pay, he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I am not going to do the negotiation on air.

"What we are not going to do, let's be clear, we are not going to continue the GBP10 billion a year net contributions we currently have."

Asked if money could be a part of the negotiations, he said: "I didn't say that. Wait and see."