March 7, 2019 / 10:50 AM / 4 months ago

UK hopeful of Brexit talks breakthrough this weekend - Hunt

Britain's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt is seen outside of Downing Street in London, Britain, March 5, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he was hopeful that a breakthrough could be made in Brexit talks with the European Union this weekend, a day after officials said talks to amend Prime Minister Theresa May’s divorce deal made no headway.

Britain is due to leave the EU on March 29 but British lawmakers have rejected May’s deal and she is now seeking legally-binding changes before she takes her divorce deal back for a second vote in parliament by March 12.

“I wouldn’t have expected a breakthrough to have happened by now. What I would say is that compared to a month ago there is complete clarity on both sides as to what it will take to get an agreement through parliament,” Hunt told reporters after a giving a speech in Glasgow.

“Now there are very exhaustive discussions on both sides to try and find a way to achieve (a solution). Both sides want to find a way through this and we’re hoping for that success to happen this weekend in time for the vote.”

Reporting by Michael Holden. Editing by Andrew MacAskill

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