Last week, official advisers recommended prioritising high-skilled migrant workers coming to Britain after Brexit, alarming companies in low-paid sectors.
The document - three pages of "defensive points" for European Union officials to make against the British prime minister's July proposal on future ties with the bloc - may offer May some comfort in spelling out a willingness to conclude an FTA like those giving access to Japan or Canada's goods and services.
'This has been offered to us by the (European) Commission, they have offered us the best trade deal they have ever done with any country ever in the world, so if you want to call it Canada plus, or super Canada or supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Canada, that is what is being aimed and its being offered'. Kitco Metals Inc. and the author of this article do not accept culpability for losses and/ or damages arising from the use of this publication.
"And one of the things that does is give rise to extremism and fringe politics and all the anti-elitism which we're seeing fuelling populist movements across continental Europe, is this idea that when the people have their say, they're sent back to the drawing board because the elite in Europe don't like the answer".
With little more than six months to go before Britain leaves the EU, London and Brussels remain at loggerheads on what their future relationship will look like, and May has insisted on new controls for migrant workers from the bloc. The Resolution Foundation, an economic think tank, said the report's recommendations would " effectively end low-skilled migration", presenting a challenge for industries such as farming, food manufacturing, hotels and domestic care and cleaning workers.
The Financial Times reported that senior ministers are supportive of making sure immigration routes are kept open for low-skilled workers, and recognise that industries such as construction, catering and hospitality could falter without such options post-Brexit.
Spokesmen for May's office and for Britain's interior ministry declined to comment on the reports.
British Prime Minister Theresa May is to press ahead with her so-called Chequers plan for a soft-Brexit, her advisors said after a meeting of her top ministers at Downing Street Monday.
Brexit secretary Dominic Raab said the cabinet still supported Mrs May and her Chequers plan. Defending the Chequers plan, under which the United Kingdom would continue to follow single market rules on goods and foods, she said it was the only one which would prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland.
The Daily Telegraph in a commentary Monday night said a "Canada Plus" deal would be no magic bullet and would leave Britain in a state of flux for years.