EU may offer post-Brexit trade flexibility to help May secure deal

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Frictionless trade option likely to be left open in case UK’s red lines change after departure

The EU is preparing to help Theresa May build a parliamentary majority for a Brexit deal by offering Downing Street a written commitment to think again about “frictionless trade” if the UK changes its red lines after it leaves the union.

EU leaders want to throw the prime minister a lifeline in their long-awaited political declaration on a future deal, a first draft of which is expected next week.

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