UK's Philip Hammond arrives at the informal meeting of the Eurogroup gathering EU Finance ministers on Friday in Bucharest. Daniel Mihailescu /AFP
Talks between the British government and the main opposition Labour party aimed at breaking the deadlock over Brexit continue, finance minister Philip Hammond said on Saturday, adding he expected to reach “some form of agreement.”
The Labour party said on Friday talks with the government had made no progress as there was no “real change or compromise” from Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservatives.
But Hammond said he was optimistic about the talks.
“The conversations with the Labour party are continuing,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a meeting of European Union finance ministers in Bucharest.
“I am optimistic that we will reach some form of agreement with Labour,” he said, adding he expected the exchange of “some more texts today.”
He said the government had no red lines in the talks.
Hammond also signalled optimism about next Wednesday's EU summit on Brexit, saying most EU states agreed there was a need to delay Brexit.
May has written to Brussels asking EU leaders to postpone Britain's exit from the bloc next Friday until June 30.
The EU insists, however, she must first show a viable plan to secure agreement on her divorce deal in the deadlocked British parliament.
“Most of the colleagues that I am talking to accept we will need longer to complete this process,” Hammond told reporters in Bucharest.
“I am optimistic about the Council on Wednesday,” when EU leaders meet in Brussels to decide the next steps in the Brexit process, he said.
As the United Kingdom grapples with its Brexit drama, the uncertainty around its decision to leave the EU persuaded Dale Carr to close down her Berlin shop selling British goods. The 67-year-old from Sheffield and her husband Robin in 1996 opened “Broken English”, a shop selling British goods to homesick expats and Germans with a taste for UK treats in the trendy district of Kreuzberg.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday it was unlikely the European Union would reach any decision on Brexit at this week’s summit in Brussels.
As the United Kingdom's three-year Brexit crisis spins towards its finale, it is still uncertain how, when or even if it will leave the European Union, though May hopes to bring her deal back to parliament later this week.
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