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The headlines this Tuesday lunchtime.

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What today's Brexit ruling means for us -

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and why one MP wants another public vote.

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Record sales for Cheshire car maker Bentley -

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with ambitious future expansion plans in Crewe.

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The amateur referee calling for a football boycott -

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in response to the abuse they receive.

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As we've been hearing on the national news -

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the Government has been told it must get the approval of Parliament -

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before triggering the process for Britain to leave

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It might delay the timetable set out by the Prime Minister -

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who wants to trigger Article 50 before the end of March.

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But the region's Liberal Democrat MPs say they'll

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only support Brexit - if the public gets a final vote

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John Pugh is the Lib Dem MP for Southport.

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Thank you very much indeed for your time this lunchtime. Given that the

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Brexit vote was clear, people want out, are you not frustrating the

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will of the electorate by Askin for another vote? The public should have

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the last say on any Brexit deal. If at the end of the day the public are

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guaranteed the final say to see what they have at the end of the day is

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what they have voted for. Given the passions evoked before the

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referendum, are you concerned that if people feel they're clearly

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stated intention to leave is being subverted, we could see protests,

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who knows what? People have a right to see the mandate carried through.

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They also have a final say and to see what they have at the end of the

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process is what they voted at the strip part of the process. The Prime

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Minister will not give them what they want at all, and they should

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have the final say. What you think she give them? She will give them

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all of the stuff that is wonderful and none of the downside, all take

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the world in six months' time. We the world in six months' time. We

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will be facing some economic chaos in this country. In fairness, it was

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the unknown when we voted last June. It is still the unknown. Many people

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who voted for Brexit will see they just want out. That is a rather

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strange view. Regardless of what the circumstances are, you will go out.

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If you do nothing about immigration, appalling trading negotiations, you

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want out. People want to have a say. Is there much support for the Lib

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Dems position here. You do not have that many MPs to carry that will

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alone. The country has voted to depart and they haven't decided what

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destination they want to get to. We have decided we want to be normally

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or Sweden or like the other countries in the EU or come out of

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the loop altogether. Is not a danger we have trickled Article 50, we are

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committed to go through with it. -- guard. People need to take a deep

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breath and give themselves time to think. The public need time to think

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as well as the politicians. -- triggered.

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The Manx Parliament is hearing calls for a change in the Isle of Man's

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Fewer than ten terminations are carried out on the island each

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year - because of strict criteria women have to meet.

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A former GP on the island will ask the House of Keys to consider

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bringing the rules in line with England, Scotland and Wales.

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A man's been arrested after an alleged rape in a churchyard

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A woman reported being attacked outside a church on High street

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A 20-year-old man is being held for questioning.

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Tributes have been paid to a promising young

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cyclist from High Peak - who died in his sleep on Friday.

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15-year-old Charlie Craig from Hayfield was an apprentice

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Paralympic champion Dame Sarah Storey has described his

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One of the region's most prestigious manufacturers has reported

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Bentley, in Crewe, sold more than 11,000 cars last year.

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It's taking on more apprentices which - it says -

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Here's our Cheshire reporter Mark Edwardson.

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Yes, welcome to Bentley's factory here at Pimms Lane, in Crewe.

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And some great news for Bentley, record sales figures for one

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of our most important manufacturers in the north-west.

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As you can see, some of the staff hard at work there,

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But behind us we can see cars coming off the production line as well.

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With me is Michael who is from the company

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to tell us about what has been happening.

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2016 was a fantastic year, another record year,

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Probably even more important it was the fourth successive year

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So we're really proud of our workforce and what

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One of the biggest things for us is having the right products

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Over 85% of our cars are exported overseas.

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We launched the new SUV last year which has been a huge sales success.

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So whereabouts have the sales been, in the UK, in Europe

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Where are quite fortunate in that we can split our

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We've got the Americas, we've got Europe, including Britain of course,

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And what we have got is we have a third split globally.

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We've seen some markets have deteriorated but have come back

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with some strong market performance, like Europe.

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What of the future, Michael, briefly, how is going to go

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The most important thing is not to sit back on our laurels.

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We're looking at growth in terms of product,

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in terms of people and skill development also we're looking

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at how we can develop our site, so together

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with Cheshire East Council, we're looking at what we can do

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in terms of a development plan for the area.

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Michael, thank you for joining us this lunchtime.

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And there will be more on this on BBC North West tonight

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He's been punched, head-butted and spat at.

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Just three examples of the abuse an amateur football referee

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from Manchester has suffered on the pitch.

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Now Ryan Hampson says grassroots referees should go on strike.

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Another football match refereed by Ryan Hampson.

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I've had experiences such as being head-butted by a player.

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I've been spat at and I've been punched on numerous occasions

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If you are on the streets, and you get assaulted,

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Yet as soon as you get on them pitches over there,

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Ryan says amateur referees are getting enough support.

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He's calling for a national strike on the first weekend of March.

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He says over 800 refs have been in touch backing his idea.

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There's always been abuse towards referees.

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It's kind of a blame culture, blaming the reference

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the first, before you think about it yourself.

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Manchester FA, which oversees this week, has just announced that it

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will give refs more support, visiting them within 24 hours of any

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incident and ensuring any assaults are reported to police.

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We fully support the referees and if a player's abusing

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referees on a regular basis, we will get rid of them.

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Most of these problems are caused by a minority of people,

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And I'm sure, given another couple of years, we will stop this.

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For Ryan Hampson though, a referee strike is the only way

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Here's the weather with Charlie Slater.

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Quite a cloudy afternoon in store as well, still a little bit

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of brightness about in parts of the north-west as we go

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through the next few hours, but generally clouding over

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As we go through this evening as well, temperatures meanwhile

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getting to around seven, maybe even a degree Celsius,

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possibly nine on the Isle of Man, so fairly decent for the time

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of year, but it will be quite breezy overnight tonight and into the early

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hours of Wednesday morning, a couple of showers possibly.

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But in the main, a dry and clear night, temperatures falling away

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And then on Wednesday daytime, a good deal of dry,

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fine weather around, and some sunshine mixed

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up in there with some cloud as well, of course.

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But the temperature is doing OK, seven or 8 degrees Celsius,

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feeling a touch colder though because of that breeze,

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stirring the air around, of course the wind-chill factor,

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Enjoy whatever you have planned during the course of the afternoon.

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Joiners again at

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