Britain’s opposition Conservatives and Liberal Democrats will hold more talks on Sunday on a pact after Thursday’s indecisive election, but they are unlikely to reach a deal before Monday, the Conservatives said on Saturday.
The Conservatives won most parliamentary seats in the election but fell short of a majority and are seeking the support of the smaller Lib Dems to end 13 years of Labour rule.
The talks will be below the level of leader, a Conservative Party spokesman said.
He said it was unlikely a deal could be reached by Monday, noting that Conservative members of parliament, who will be briefed on the negotiations, will not meet until Monday evening.
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, who has emerged as the kingmaker after British elections threw up the first hung parliament since 1974, is meeting his MPs to discuss offers from both the Conservatives and the ruling Labour to form a new government.
Clegg will meet his front bench MPs and his wider parliamentary party to discuss Tory leader David Cameron’s proposals to form a coalition government, the BBC said.
Liberal Democrats have a crucial bloc of 57 seats in the new House of Commons.