German MEP says it is unlikely negotiations will reach second phase at December meeting of EU leaders

Vital negotiations between the UK and the EU on a future trading relationship and transition period look set to be delayed again at a crunch summit of European leaders in December, according to a key ally of the German chancellor, who is meeting Theresa May in Downing Street on Wednesday.

Manfred Weber, the German leader of the largest party in the European parliament, told reporters in a press conference in Strasbourg that he would have a disappointing message to convey to the British prime minister, at a meeting she had requested in London.

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