Brexit Secretary David Davis will be probed by a new group of MPs over the UK government's plans to split from the EU on Wednesday (3 December). The top Conservative will face a grilling from the committee on Exiting the European Union for the first time.

The cross-party group was established in the wake of the UK's vote to leave the EU on 23 June and is chaired by Labour MP Hilary Benn, the former shadow foreign secretary.

The evidence session is part of the committee's inquiry into the government's negotiating objectives ahead of Theresa May triggering Article 50, the official mechanism to split from the EU, by March 2017.

Ministers had ruled out giving a "running commentary" on Brexit, but the government will now be forced to produce a "plan" after MPs voted for a "clarity" motion tabled by Labour earlier in December.

Among other things, MPs are expected to ask Davis if the government plans to seek a transitional trade agreement with the EU. The questions will come after Chancellor Philip Hammond told the Treasury Select Committee that such a deal would be "helpful".

"There is an emerging view... on both sides of the English Channel that having a longer period to manage the adjustment between where we are now as full members of the EU and where we get to in the future as a result of negotiations would be generally helpful," he told MPs.

Davis, meanwhile, caused a stir when he said the government would "consider" giving the EU budget contributions in exchange for extensive access to the bloc's Single Market.

"The major criteria here is that we get the best possible access for goods and services to the European market," he said.

"If that is included in what you are talking about, then of course we would consider it."

The Exiting the EU Committee evidence session is expected to start at 14:00 GMT and can be viewed on Parliament TV.