Liz Truss could be able to blink in post-Brexit talks with Brussels over the Northern Ireland Protocol.
Sources suggest Britain could accept customs controls on goods intended for sale only in Northern Ireland.
According to the Financial Times, the verbal offer made during recent talks was thought to be “so sensitive it has not yet been provided in written form”.
Accepting EU checks on trade within the UK would represent a major climbdown from previous negotiating positions, which saw Article 16 inches from being triggered.
The accepted controls would, however, likely still fall short of what has been requested by Brussels.