A leaked EU timetable of the Brexit negotiations has suggested that Theresa May is due to strike a deal today where the UK stays in a customs union to avoid a hard border with the Republic of Ireland.

In a memo obtained by German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung, senior EU negotiators predicted Sunday would be the day when "a deal is done, and nothing is made public (in theory)."

According to the timetable, the agreement would then be formally announced on Monday in London, followed by a joint statement in Brussels from Dominic Raab, the UK's Brexit secretary, and his EU counterpart Michel Barnier.

The memo has fuelled fears that Mrs May is set to agree to the so-called backstop proposal, which...