Theresa May could be offered ‘landing zone’ by EU to FINALLY start discussing trade

BRUSSELS could be willing to soften its stance on trade talks, opening up the possibility of discussing a post-Brexit deal by mid-December.

Mrs May could be offered hope of a “landing zone” on trade talks, they added, which would likely be the next scheduled summit in mid-December.Another senior official said: “[Theresa May] is in a difficult situation if she goes out there and there is nothing tangible on our side.”

The source said EU governments wanted to “keep up momentum for a deal that would avoid legal chaos across Europe”.

They added: “We’ll try to be neutral, maybe even offer an encouraging line to stay engaged.”

David Davis and Michel BarnierGETTY

EU bosses could be willing to talk post-Brexit trade in mid-December

Both Britain and the EU had initially been optimistic they would be able to have reached an agreement on key issues to move on to trade talks by October.But the Prime Minister’s team said today her Florence speech last month contained all the compromises the UK is willing to make.

In the address, which was praised as “constructive” by EU bosses, Mrs May pledged to honour the UK’s commitment to Europe’s long-term budget plans, at a cost of at least £9billion.

She also discussed plans for a two year transition period, which would come in to force after the UK formally leaves in March 2019 and give businesses both at home and on the continent chance to adapt to any new rules.

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