The United Kingdom may be careering toward a no-deal Brexit with only six weeks to its official deadline, but Luxembourg's finance minister has offered some confidence on a deal still being reached.
The U.K. and the European negotiating teams agreed Monday to have further talks on how to overcome the current impasse.
U.K. lawmakers rejected last month a deal that Prime Minister Theresa May had reached with the other 27 European countries after nearly two years of negotiations. The main stumbling block is the Irish backstop, a safety policy that aims to prevent a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
The pressure is mounting given the scheduled departure date of March 29. If the impasse continues, the U.K. could leave the EU without any agreement, which would bring huge uncertainty for businesses and citizens as well as fears in financial markets.
"You know in diplomacy it's never too late, so one should continue to discuss," Pierre Gramegna, the Luxembourg finance minister and former diplomat, told CNBC's Willem Marx in Brussels Tuesday.
"Obviously, we are coming very close to a dire strait, but when you have been partners for more than 40 years … You're trying to find the best possible solution," he added.
May will update the U.K. parliament on Tuesday and is set to ask for more patience as she tries to get some new compromises from the EU. She has promised to give U.K. lawmakers another chance to vote on the Brexit process by February 27.