Theresa May is to be told it will not be “a given” the Brexit negotiations will move on to trade in December.
Brussels continues to push the Prime Minister for more information on key issues relating to the country’s departure from the bloc, including the Irish border and the financial settlement.
May is due to meet Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, and Leo Varadkar, the Irish Taoiseach, as part of a move to break the deadlock.
In this meeting with the former, she is expected to be told that while preparations are being made internally for trade talks, it will not be a given that the negotiations will progress.
The meetings in Sweden come ahead of a major EU summit in Gothenberg on Friday.
The hope of the Prime Minister is that the green light will be given at the European Council summit in December to progress the talks onto trade.