Portugal’s economy minister throws lifeline to Brexit battling Theresa May

Economy minister Manuel Caldeira Cabral has been described this week in the British press as warning the EU “not to punish” Portugal’s oldest ally as it tries to extrciate itself from the community.

Talking to CNBC, Caldeira Cabral said he “thinks” the 27 member states “want to have a good deal”.

His comments came as Conservative MP Kwasi Kwarteng suggested the EU has been “playing lots of games” over Brexit.

As for Caldeira Cabral’s idea of a good deal, he said it is one that “retains trade relationships with the UK, maintains the rights of citizens in the UK and (those of) the citizens that are on the continent”.