Deal or no deal: where is Brexit heading?

With talks ongoing between the EU and UK over the final Brexit trade deal, the clock is running down and the January deadline is looming. Daniel Boffey explains what is at stake

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More than four years after the EU referendum that set it all in motion, the Brexit talks are finally coming to a conclusion ahead of the final 31 December deadline and still there are disagreements to be resolved. If a deal can’t be reached in the next two weeks, the UK faces stark economic consequences.

The Guardian’s Brussels bureau chief, Daniel Boffey, tells Anushka Asthana that fears of no deal do now seem to be receding after talks continued through the weekend deadline. However, even with the most optimistic view, the Brexit deal on the table will still mean significant disruption to cross-border trade as well as the ability to live and work either side of the Channel for EU and UK citizens alike.

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