Emmanuel Macron has urged European leaders to throw Theresa May a lifeline and prevent the United Kingdom crashing out of the EU without a deal.

The French President believes no deal would do huge damage to the EU, according to the Times.

Because of this, Macron will reportedly use a summit of EU leaders in Austria next month to argue for an EU based on “concentric circles,” with EU nation states in the central ring, and the UK close by in the second ring.

“He [Macron] sees a no-deal scenario as something that would break links and poison relations at a time when Europe needs to be united beyond the EU,” diplomatic sources told The Times.

Macron is unlikely to soften his position on the indivisibility of the single market. Prime Minister May wants a “common rulebook” for goods after Brexit, which would effectively give the UK full single market access for goods