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Four possible Brexit outcomes with just 36 days remaining

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The UK’s chief negotiator David Frost (left) and EU counterpart Michel Barnier have been meeting in London since negotiations restarted (European Commission/PA)

The UK’s chief negotiator David Frost (left) and EU counterpart Michel Barnier have been meeting in London since negotiations restarted (European Commission/PA)

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"Breakthrough or breakdown by the end of this week." That is the assessment of one veteran Brussels diplomat as Brexit finally really is close to ending its noisy four-year journey of tedium. (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

"Breakthrough or breakdown by the end of this week." That is the assessment of one veteran Brussels diplomat as Brexit finally really is close to ending its noisy four-year journey of tedium. (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

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The UK’s chief negotiator David Frost (left) and EU counterpart Michel Barnier have been meeting in London since negotiations restarted (European Commission/PA)

"Breakthrough or breakdown by the end of this week." That is the assessment of one veteran Brussels diplomat as Brexit finally really is close to ending its noisy four-year journey of tedium.

But it has suddenly got even more technical.

With just 36 days left, there is absolutely no chance a Brexit deal can be done, then translated into 24 official EU languages, and ratified across 27 member states and in the European Parliament.


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