EU’s Brexit vision plan likely to be delayed over doubts at No 10

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EU’s Brexit vision plan likely to be delayed over doubts at No 10

PM’s spokesman puts dampener on optimism of Brussels officials about talks

A fresh clash in the Brexit negotiations over Theresa May’s demand for frictionless trade is set to delay the publication of the EU’s vision of the future relationship, as Downing Street downplayed the optimism expressed by senior officials in Brussels about the talks.

Plans to publish a document outlining the nature of the Canada-style free trade deal being offered by Brussels look likely to be put on ice after the prime minister’s Brexit adviser, Olly Robbins, warned that aspirational language had to be included for the British government to be able to sell a deal to parliament.

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