The conservative government is weakened by infighting, where the hard Brexiteers push the cabinet for a short transition period, for the UK to be out of the customs union and no European Court of Justice jurisdiction.
Danny Kemp, Brussels deputy bureau chief for the AFP news wire, sums up the recent round of talks
In the meantime, the British government has published two papers on future relations on customs and trade. The customs paper contains a “contingency scenario” which states that the British government is preparing for a no deal. This is partly meant to assuage those hard Brexiteers within the Tory party who want May to strike a harder negotiating position.