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New laws have seen MPs suggest Brussels will be able to determine how much of the £39 billion divorce bill the UK will have to pay each year.

Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab will today reveal the Withdrawal Agreement and Implementation Bill to place the exit arrangement and any future deal into law.

The document states: “The EU will inform the UK of the required payment amount.”

Conservative MP and former Brexit Minister David Jones said: “It would appear they are now prepared to write a blank cheque or a series of blank cheques that the EU can continue presenting at their own discretion.

“I don’t think that will find favour with many people, not least a large number of conservative members of Parliament.

“The Chequers compromise is a dodo; it’s extinct; it can’t fly.”

But a Government spokesman said: “The process for meeting the financial settlement was agreed in the draft Withdrawal Agreement and includes clear provisions to ensure that the UK pays no more than it owes, including through the UK appointing auditors.”

Follow our live blog below for the latest Brexit updates:

9.05am update: Welsh and Northern Irish Government submissions to Supreme Court

Lawyers representing Wales and Northern Ireland are to make submissions as “interested parties” at a Supreme Court hearing on Brexit legislation passed by Scottish Parliament. 

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Senior law officers from both will support submissions made on behalf of the Lord Advocate, James Wolffe. 

Counsel General for Wales Jeremy Miles said the issues raised “extend beyond” the Scottish Bill and relate to “future functioning” of the UK after Brexit. 

8.40am update: Ministers abroad to sell May’s ‘Global Britain’ vision

Theresa May and her ministers are continuing their attempts to sell the white paper and strike new trade deals. 

The Prime Minister is hosting the emir of Qatar at Downing Street that will likely cover future trade with the Gulf State. 

Cabinet Office minister David Lidington will travel to Paris for talks with French politicians, while Intrernational Trade Secretary Liam Fix will speak to business leaders in Washington. 

8.30am update: MPs warn citizens at risk unless a good Brexit deal is secured

MPs have claimed a no-deal Brexit could make it easier for prominent criminals to enter the UK, as Parliamentarians give their verdict on the risks of Theresa May’s negotiation process failing.

Such a scenario could see the UK lose access to the European Commission’s SIS 11 database of prominent criminals as well as to the European Arrest Warrant, they claim.

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The House of Commons Home Affairs Committee, which includes both Labour and Tory MPs, provocatively, warned: “Individuals who pose a threat will be able to enter the UK without intelligence being flagged to border officials.”

The Committee’s Chair, Labour MP Yvette Cooper, claimed a no-deal Brexit would “undermine investigations into trafficking, terrorism, organised crime and slavery, jeopardise trials and justice for victims and let criminals go free”.

She added the UK and EU “have a shared interest in continued close policing co-operation. Political posturing on both sides is putting that at risk”.

8.20am update: Corbyn wants Government to back vision for a new customs union

Labour leader Jeremy corbyn will call on the Government to back his vision for a customs union eith the EU to avoid a “botched” Brexit.

But like Theresa May, he also faces dissent in his party, with many Labour MPs calling for him to back a second referendum on any deal. 

He would also have to support keeping the closest possible ties with the EU by staying in the single market and customs union.

Mr Corbyn will tell the EEF manufacturers’ organisation in Birmingham: “Theresa May and her warring cabinet should think again, even at this late stage, and reconsider the option of negotiating a brand new customs union.

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“A botched Brexit will sell our manufacturers short with the fantasy of a free trading buccaneering future, which in reality would be a nightmare of chlorinated chicken, public services sold to multinational companies and our country in hock to Donald Trump.”

8.00am update: EU Withdrawal Bill to be presented to Parliament 

The EU Withdrawal Bill will be presented to Parliament amid claims Theresa May is handing a “blank cheque” to the European Union.

New laws have seen MPs suggest Brussels will be able to determine how much of the £39 billion divorce bill the UK will have to pay each year.

Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab will today reveal the Withdrawal Agreement and Implementation Bill to place the exit arrangement and any future deal into law.

Conservative MP and former Brexit Minister David Jones said: “It would appear they are now prepared to write a blank cheque or a series of blank cheques that the EU can continue presenting at their own discretion.

But a Government spokesman said: “The process for meeting the financial settlement was agreed in the draft Withdrawal Agreement and includes clear provisions to ensure that the UK pays no more than it owes, including through the UK appointing auditors.”

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