A draft of a plan for the other 27 states to agree goes significantly further than previous wording.
Negotiations between the European Commission and the UK are due to start once, as is hoped and expected, next week’s summit of EU leaders in Brussels agrees on a transition period designed to smooth the changeover.
Politico Europe said wording is “balanced, ambitious and wideranging” to describe a deal far more in tune with British hopes than a previous draft.
But it still highlights the “negative economic consequences, particularly for the UK” of trade tariffs and barriers.
A spokesman for the Department for Exiting the EU declined to comment except to say: “We are looking for the broadest, most comprehensive free trade agreement possible.”
Tory MEP David Campbell Bannerman said it looked like the EU recognised the need for “bigger, better and wider” deal than the bloc’s recent accord with Canada.
MEPs yesterday also backed calls for the future relationship to be an “association agreement”.
In warnings of a possible obstacle to agreement with the UK which has called for a “bespoke” deal and the ending of the European Court of Justice’s power in Britain, the Parliament’s motion said a “deep and comprehensive” trade arrangement must give the ECJ “a binding interpretation role”.
The MEPs stressed that any deal must respect the integrity of the EU Single Market and Customs Union.