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We had our say back in June and just over half of us
here in the North West - 53% in fact voted to leave the EU.
But after today's Supreme Court ruling,
They'll have to vote to start the leaving process
and that's a development which has left many Remain MPs
Do they vote with their conscience or vote with the will of the people?
For a slice of life in Brexit bBitain -
we've come for breakfast at the Birkett's farm.
Jim and Roger's family have been farming for generations.
We first met brothers Jim and Roger last May -
You were the Brexiteer and you were the remainer.
Have you been at each other's throats ever since?
Everyone has to make the most of it and try their best.
Blackpool is the place that voted more emphatically to leave
Listen back to what people here told us at the time -
It is only a small island, and really we're wuite full, you know.
It is only a small island, and really we're quite full, you know.
We have too many foreign people taking advantage of the
Although many still have the same concerns, they're hopeful leaving
the European Union will make a difference.
What do you want from the process now?
I think we have more chance of dealing
with the rest of Europe than being told what to do
by the Germans and French.
I think we can do far better outside than staying in.
in Warrington has been a growth industry over the last few years.
Back in June, Boris, who runs this place,
thought Britian had made the wrong decision.
Without us, I think Britain will struggle.
What future do you see for Brexit Britain?
Because no-one knows what is going to happen now,
even your Prime Minister in her speech,
obviously my plans changed and they are still changing.
With so much still to be thrashed out, the
uncertainty he feels is felt by many.
Our Political Editor Nina Warhurst has been following developments
Big implications but what has been the reaction here? 53% of people in
the North West voted to leave the European Union and it is relatively
straightforward. They will trigger Article 50 because that is how their
constituents voted. For many others, they are the ones who face a crisis
of conscience. Do they vote to leave the European Union or as their
constituents did, to stay. One of the MPs facing that dilemma is Lucy
Powell. Which way we vote? On the second reading which will come next
week, I will vote to trigger Article 50. Although I don't want to leave
the European Union, I budget to remain in the European Union. What I
am being asked is to give a referendum result that I voted for
and supported. This is only the beginning of the process. It is not
the end. We will be laying down amendments, hold on the government
to account and there would be a vote at the end of this process on the
deal the government has got. There is no blank cheque here but I feel
is my responsibility. Even though 60% voted to remain? That would be
hugely disappointed but the problem with referendums is it is binary. It
is yes or no. We voted to leave the European Union. It is not what I
wanted but it is what is happening. It is not a proportion of votes. We
either leave it or we don't. Most MPs do agree with Lucy. I have
spoken to some. Jeff Smith, the MP for Liverpool Riverside, they told
me they could vote against triggering Article 50 in agreement
with their constituents. As for the Lib Dems, they will reject Article
50 alas the public get to vote on the final Brexit deal.
Bird flu has been confirmed in a flock of 10,000 pheasants at a
premises in Lancashire. Our reporter is here. What more do we know? DEFRA
has confirmed avian flu has been found at a farm of breeding
pheasants in Preston. 10,000 birds are affected.
The bird flu virus comes in different strains and this one,
H5N8, was found in turkeys in Lincolnshire in December
and earlier in the month, the strain was also discovered
in chickens and ducks on a premises near Settle in North Yorkshire.
That led to some restrictions coming into the Ribble Valley
but this outbreak in Preston in far more significant.
A number of birds have died - the rest will be culled and a 3km
protection and a 10km Surveillance Zone are in place
around the infected premises to limit the risk
Public Health England have said tonight the risk to public health
from the virus is very low and the Food Standards Agency
is clear bird flu does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers.
One of the region's most prestigious manufacturers
Bentley in Crewe says 2016 was a record year.
The firm also say there's little, if any, fear that leaving
the European Union will dent its plans for expansion.
The motoring press was a bit sniffy about Bentley's Bentayga.
But sales of this aristocratic automobile already make up
The customers' reaction has been superb.
We made 5500 last year, and we are delighted
Coupled with the fantastic workforce who have put so much effort
In 2008, during the recession, they suffered like most businesses.
By 2011, sales figures had started to bounce back and last year,
Up to 100 apprentices will be taken on this year.
Up to 100 apprentices will be taken on this year -
There's opposition to the plan because some roads will be closed.
The firm says it's about opportunities.
The the majority of our apprentices come from the local area,
so for people to see that they can build and grow their career here,
With Brexit on the cards, what is the future?
We're looking at good deals from the government
in terms of what they can do with our European partners and get
back into some stability because this uncertainty
Bentley are in a great place, a nice client base in America, high-end UK,
The client base is hopefully untouchable for Bentley.
Mark Edwardson, BBC North West Tonight, Crewe.
The Isle of Man's strict abortion laws are to be reviewed
At the moment terminations there are only allowed under strict
That means many women travel to the UK to pay
Work will now start on the proposed changes
to bring the rules in line with England, Scotland and Wales.
The fountains in Manchester's Piccadilly Gardens are working again
after being off since September following problems
The display has 180 jets squirting water up to six
Oldham offered free tickets to all fans for tonight's League One
game against Peterborough to give supporters a boost.
It certainly did that as the bigger than usual crowd was rewarded
Meanwhile, Fleetwood Town also beat Sheffield Utd by two goals to nil.
David Ryding was back in action today after being the first British
skier to make the podium in 35 years in Austria. He was fourth in
position after today but later dropped to tenth. That is all the
news from me. Now, a look at the weather.
It was a frosty and foggy start for most of you this morning. This
picture is our radar over the last couple of hours. There is a spot of
drizzly rain. It looks like it may be fairly wet in places. The cloud
base will be fairly low and visibility one not be brilliant. You
will see some clearer skies coming in as you head towards the early
hours of the morning. This is not a bad looking day. You will see lots
of sunshine and patchy cloud floating around. Enjoyed the day
with temperatures around six or seven. It will not feel too bad
Outlook, you can see there is a Outlook, you can see there is a
For all of us, it'll get colder and then milder again come the weekend.
This shot taken earlier by a weather watcher in East Anglia. The fog
becoming extensive over the next few hours in many south-eastern parts of
England. Much, much