And BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said there had been “growing chatter” about a potential delay and a potential extension to Article 50 – the mechanism by which the UK leaves the EU.
But Downing Street has said an extension to Article 50 is not being considered and the government remains “committed to doing whatever it takes to have the statute books ready for when we leave the EU on 29 March this year”.
Mr Hunt told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “It is true that if we ended up approving the deal in the days before the 29 March, then we might need some extra time to pass critical legislation.
“But if we are able to make progress sooner, then that might not be necessary.
“We can’t know at this stage exactly which of those scenarios would happen.”
Mrs May has been talking to EU leaders, including President of the European Council Donald Tusk and the Irish Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, after MPs voted on Tuesday for her to make changes to the backstop.
Mr Hunt said it was currently a “challenging situation” and the government was “not ruling out any of these potential solutions” to the Irish border issue.
Mr Hunt said the commitment to the Good Friday Agreement – which protects against the return of a hard Irish border – would need to be demonstrated.
The EU’s concerns that the UK could “access the single market by the back door” would also need to be alleviated, he said.
“If we can overcome those two issues, which I think we can, then we will be able to have substantive discussions,” he said.
“But this is not going to happen in the next few days.”
The backstop was one of the main reasons Mrs May’s Brexit deal was voted down in Parliament by a historic margin earlier in January as critics say a different status for Northern Ireland could threaten the existence of the UK and fear that the backstop could become permanent.
The prime minister has said there are several possible alternatives to the backstop that she wants to discuss with EU leaders.
a “trusted trader” scheme to avoid physical checks on goods flowing through the border
“mutual recognition” of rules with the EU
She also wants to discuss a time limit on the backstop and a “unilateral exit” mechanism – both options ruled out by the EU in the past.
But the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, has said the Irish backstop is “part and parcel” of the UK’s Brexit deal and will not be renegotiated.
Speaking at the European Parliament on Wednesday, Mr Barnier said it was a “realistic solution” to preventing a hard border.
Two students banned from the University of Warwick for 10 years for their involvement in a group chat that threatened rape will be allowed to return later this year, it has emerged.
One woman who was targeted said she felt “terrified at the prospect of having these boys in my seminars”.
Several of those in the chat encouraged others to rape specific students.
The university said it had reduced the length of their bans to one year after they appealed.
In a letter, seen by the BBC, a university official apologised to the women for not informing them of the appeal’s outcome sooner – citing “my delayed summer break”.
One of the two women who received the letter, in October last year, said she was talking about it now because she wanted to highlight what she describes as “horrendous” treatment by the university.
The Facebook group chat was first reported last summer by Warwick student newspaper The Boar.
One of the messages said: “Sometimes it’s fun to just go wild and rape 100 girls.”
While another said: “Rape the whole flat to teach them all [a] lesson.”
Another post included a racially offensive term and anti-Semitic language.
At one point, a user wrote: “Rape her in the street while everybody watches,” with another responding it “wouldn’t even be unfair”.
After a disciplinary investigation by the university, five students were suspended.
Two were banned for 10 years – and have now had that reduced to one year, two were excluded for one year, and one was given a lifetime campus ban.
This means four out of the five of the men initially suspended will rejoin classes in September 2019.
‘Humiliated, as if for sport’
In an open letter to the university, one of the female students targeted in the chat said: “We were discussed so violently.
“We were humiliated, as if for sport. These boys were my friends – like my brothers. And they destroyed me.
“You expect us to return from semesters abroad and study alongside these men?
“It is a source of shame for past, present and future Warwick alumni that you lack the courage to stand by us.”
A spokesman from Warwick University said they were unable to comment on individual disciplinary cases.
But he added that the university’s focus had been “to ensure that anyone involved in this matter who remains a student at Warwick is able to complete their studies while minimising any further contact between the original complainants and anyone who received a sanction from the discipline committee.”
Liam Jackson, the president of Warwick Students’ Union, said the union would continue to push for a review of the university disciplinary procedure.
Students from the university have taken to Twitter to voice their anger at the university’s decision using the hashtag #ShameOnYouWarwick.