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We had our say back in June and just over half of us

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here in the North West - 53% in fact voted to leave the EU.

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But after today's Supreme Court ruling,

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They'll have to vote to start the leaving process

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and that's a development which has left many Remain MPs

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Do they vote with their conscience or vote with the will of the people?

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For a slice of life in Brexit bBitain -

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we've come for breakfast at the Birkett's farm.

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Jim and Roger's family have been farming for generations.

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We first met brothers Jim and Roger last May -

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You were the Brexiteer and you were the remainer.

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Have you been at each other's throats ever since?

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Everyone has to make the most of it and try their best.

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Blackpool is the place that voted more emphatically to leave

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Listen back to what people here told us at the time -

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It is only a small island, and really we're wuite full, you know.

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It is only a small island, and really we're quite full, you know.

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We have too many foreign people taking advantage of the

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Although many still have the same concerns, they're hopeful leaving

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the European Union will make a difference.

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What do you want from the process now?

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I think we have more chance of dealing

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with the rest of Europe than being told what to do

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by the Germans and French.

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I think we can do far better outside than staying in.

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in Warrington has been a growth industry over the last few years.

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Back in June, Boris, who runs this place,

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thought Britian had made the wrong decision.

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Without us, I think Britain will struggle.

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What future do you see for Brexit Britain?

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Because no-one knows what is going to happen now,

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even your Prime Minister in her speech,

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obviously my plans changed and they are still changing.

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With so much still to be thrashed out, the

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uncertainty he feels is felt by many.

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Our Political Editor Nina Warhurst has been following developments

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Big implications but what has been the reaction here? 53% of people in

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the North West voted to leave the European Union and it is relatively

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straightforward. They will trigger Article 50 because that is how their

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constituents voted. For many others, they are the ones who face a crisis

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of conscience. Do they vote to leave the European Union or as their

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constituents did, to stay. One of the MPs facing that dilemma is Lucy

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Powell. Which way we vote? On the second reading which will come next

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week, I will vote to trigger Article 50. Although I don't want to leave

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the European Union, I budget to remain in the European Union. What I

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am being asked is to give a referendum result that I voted for

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and supported. This is only the beginning of the process. It is not

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the end. We will be laying down amendments, hold on the government

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to account and there would be a vote at the end of this process on the

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deal the government has got. There is no blank cheque here but I feel

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is my responsibility. Even though 60% voted to remain? That would be

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hugely disappointed but the problem with referendums is it is binary. It

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is yes or no. We voted to leave the European Union. It is not what I

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wanted but it is what is happening. It is not a proportion of votes. We

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either leave it or we don't. Most MPs do agree with Lucy. I have

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spoken to some. Jeff Smith, the MP for Liverpool Riverside, they told

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me they could vote against triggering Article 50 in agreement

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with their constituents. As for the Lib Dems, they will reject Article

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50 alas the public get to vote on the final Brexit deal.

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Bird flu has been confirmed in a flock of 10,000 pheasants at a

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premises in Lancashire. Our reporter is here. What more do we know? DEFRA

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has confirmed avian flu has been found at a farm of breeding

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pheasants in Preston. 10,000 birds are affected.

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The bird flu virus comes in different strains and this one,

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H5N8, was found in turkeys in Lincolnshire in December

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and earlier in the month, the strain was also discovered

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in chickens and ducks on a premises near Settle in North Yorkshire.

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That led to some restrictions coming into the Ribble Valley

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but this outbreak in Preston in far more significant.

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A number of birds have died - the rest will be culled and a 3km

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protection and a 10km Surveillance Zone are in place

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around the infected premises to limit the risk

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Public Health England have said tonight the risk to public health

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from the virus is very low and the Food Standards Agency

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is clear bird flu does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers.

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One of the region's most prestigious manufacturers

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Bentley in Crewe says 2016 was a record year.

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The firm also say there's little, if any, fear that leaving

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the European Union will dent its plans for expansion.

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The motoring press was a bit sniffy about Bentley's Bentayga.

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But sales of this aristocratic automobile already make up

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The customers' reaction has been superb.

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We made 5500 last year, and we are delighted

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Coupled with the fantastic workforce who have put so much effort

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In 2008, during the recession, they suffered like most businesses.

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By 2011, sales figures had started to bounce back and last year,

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Up to 100 apprentices will be taken on this year.

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Up to 100 apprentices will be taken on this year -

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There's opposition to the plan because some roads will be closed.

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The firm says it's about opportunities.

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The the majority of our apprentices come from the local area,

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so for people to see that they can build and grow their career here,

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With Brexit on the cards, what is the future?

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We're looking at good deals from the government

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in terms of what they can do with our European partners and get

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back into some stability because this uncertainty

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Bentley are in a great place, a nice client base in America, high-end UK,

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The client base is hopefully untouchable for Bentley.

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Mark Edwardson, BBC North West Tonight, Crewe.

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The Isle of Man's strict abortion laws are to be reviewed

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At the moment terminations there are only allowed under strict

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That means many women travel to the UK to pay

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Work will now start on the proposed changes

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to bring the rules in line with England, Scotland and Wales.

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The fountains in Manchester's Piccadilly Gardens are working again

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after being off since September following problems

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The display has 180 jets squirting water up to six

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Oldham offered free tickets to all fans for tonight's League One

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game against Peterborough to give supporters a boost.

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It certainly did that as the bigger than usual crowd was rewarded

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Meanwhile, Fleetwood Town also beat Sheffield Utd by two goals to nil.

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David Ryding was back in action today after being the first British

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skier to make the podium in 35 years in Austria. He was fourth in

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position after today but later dropped to tenth. That is all the

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news from me. Now, a look at the weather.

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It was a frosty and foggy start for most of you this morning. This

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picture is our radar over the last couple of hours. There is a spot of

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drizzly rain. It looks like it may be fairly wet in places. The cloud

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base will be fairly low and visibility one not be brilliant. You

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will see some clearer skies coming in as you head towards the early

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hours of the morning. This is not a bad looking day. You will see lots

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of sunshine and patchy cloud floating around. Enjoyed the day

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with temperatures around six or seven. It will not feel too bad

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Outlook, you can see there is a Outlook, you can see there is a

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For all of us, it'll get colder and then milder again come the weekend.

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This shot taken earlier by a weather watcher in East Anglia. The fog

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becoming extensive over the next few hours in many south-eastern parts of

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England. Much, much

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