'Brussels is preparing to climbdown on one of its Brexit red lines and concede to UK demands to keep trade links without free movement, it was today reported.
The EU is set to say that it will allow Britain to stay in the single market for goods while still being able to bring in border controls.
Theresa May has been on a charm offensive to desperately try to drum up support for her Chequers Brexit plan amid fears that the UK could crash out of the bloc without a deal next March.
But Brussels is said to be demanding its own concessions in return from the UK which could bind the UK to EU red tape and hamper the country's ability to do free trade deals.
They want the Prime Minister to pledge that the country will copy all new EU environmental, social and customs rules, The Times reports.
European leaders are expected to bring the proposal to the table when the heads of member states meet in Salzburg in Austria next month.
The move is a radical departure from the public proclamations of the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier.
He has repeatedly asserted the UK cannot stay in any part of the single market without accepting free movement as that would be 'cherry picking'.
Mrs May has been on a charm offensive with EU leaders urging them to back her Chequers proposal.'
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