It comes as a senior MEP has claimed that Brussels is “panicking” over the increasing prospect of “no deal” as it finally orders preparations to begin for trade talks with the UK.
The European Commission’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier on Thursday claimed there was “deadlock” on talks and refused to move the negotiations on to trade because of a lack of progress on a divorce bill.
But, Mr Barnier was immediately undermined by a draft paper submitted to Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, which represents member states’ governments, saying trade talks could begin in December.
Mrs May’s Florence speech was intended to break deadlock in discussions through generous concessions
The internal document suggested that the other 27 members start preparing for the trade talks.
Writing for the Daily Express online, John Longworth, the joint chairman of Leave Means Leave, said that after Theresa May’s Florence speech there must be “no more concessions” to get the EU to move the talks on to trade.
He said: “The Prime Minister’s Florence speech was a generous offering of the cup of kindness to a cash strapped European Commission, designed to unlock a reciprocal wave of warmth at the negotiating table.