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UK hopes not to pay for interim customs deal, Davis says

Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain should not have to pay to have a customs union during an interim period after leaving the European Union, Brexit Secretary David Davis said on Tuesday.

Britain has proposed setting up an interim customs agreement with the European Union after Brexit to allow the freest possible trade of goods. Britain has suggested introducing a temporary customs union.

When asked on ITV television if Britain would have to pay to stay in the EU customs union temporarily, Brexit minister Davis said: "No, I don't think (so). Well what happens in that interim period you have to leave to me to negotiate."

Asked how the Brexit negotiations were going on a personal level, Davis said: "Er, fine".

(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton; editing by Michael Holden)