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- EU-UK post-Brexit trade talks
image copyrightReutersimage captionBoris Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen when they met earlier this year
It's not over, not yet.
The two sides in this complicated and drawn out process have agreed that it is worth trying one last time to find a way through their profound differences.
But the statements from the prime minister and the EU chief, Ursula von der Leyen, signal clearly that a trade deal is out of reach right now – spelling out that if no-one budges in the next few days, it's simply not going to happen.
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A feature of Brexit negotiations has often been the last minute stand off, the political emergency, before suddenly, lo and behold, a deal emerges from the wreckage.
By Monday night, that tradition may have been proven again.
Yet it seems there is a lot more to be done than ironing out a few last minute glitches.
The UK believes that after months of talks, the EU – pushed by some member states – has hardened its stance on the same old stumbling blocks.
And that's pushed a deal that was in reach just a few days ago, further away.