The EU has reportedly backed down from its promise to ‘punish’ the UK during the Brexit transition period.

The BBC’s Brussels reporter Adam Fleming said that, following a meeting earlier on Wednesday, officials from the other 27 nations promised a new, less tough-sounding paragraph will feature in an expanded draft of the withdrawal agreement – expected to be published by the end of the month.

The EU’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has said agreement on a transition is “not a given” since “substantial” disagreements remain on issues, such as freedom of movement and customs procedures on the Irish border.