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Midlands MP Ken Clarke: Future of Brexit Britain is a 'wonderland fantasy'

Midlands MPs have today debated the process by which the UK will leave the European Union following the triggering of Article 50.

Speaking in Parliament, the East Midlands Conservative MP Ken Clarke said he will not back the Article 50 bill to trigger Brexit, describing visions of a post-EU future as a "wonderland" fantasy.

Ken Clarke's Rushcliffe constituency was the only area in Nottinghamshire that voted to stay in the EU.

In the same debate, Anna Soubry, the MP for Broxtowe, joined others who expressed their concern at the 'lack of detail' the government has given ahead of the talks with the EU.

Read more: Anna Soubry: Stop calling us 'remoaners'

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Beckett pleads for Brexit debate to be less divisive

The Brexit talks will be difficult and expressing concern over their direction should not be characterised as opposing the public's decision to leave the EU, Labour's Margaret Beckett has said.

The MP for Derby South criticised Brexit secretary David Davis' opening remark that the vote on triggering Article 50 was about whether MPs "trusted" the British public.

"I hope that the practice of dismissing any call, any queries, any concerns, however serious or well founded, as merely demonstrating opposition to the will of the British people ... will now cease."

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Musician composes 'antidote' anthem for 'Brexit' Britain

A composer from Northamptonshire is hoping her new piece of music will bring people together after 'Brexit'.

Paula Boulton, from Corby, was inspired by the musical memories of 30 people, who have moved to the town from all over the world.

Paula Boulton's composition represents more than 50 countries Credit: ITV News Anglia

When composing the seven-movement 'Sounds of Home Suite', Paula asked people what music reminds them of home.

"I think music has the power to bring people together. Why build a wall, when you can build an orchestra and have people play music together and reach their souls and hearts through music? That's what we need to do. No one's going anywhere, we can't just disintegrate people, we have to learn to live together."

– Paula Boulton, Composer
Paula interviewed Danijela Bastajic & Anna Guzek as part of the project Credit: ITV News Anglia

The piece premieres with a 60-strong orchestra at The Core at Corby Cube tonight (Saturday 21st January).

You can watch some of the musicians in rehearsal by clicking below:

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Labour leader to reveal Brexit plan in Peterborough speech

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The leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, will give a speech at a community centre near Peterborough this afternoon.

He will outline his plan to make Britain better off after Brexit. Mr Corbyn is expectedto say:

"There can be no question of giving Theresa May’s Tories a free pass in the Brexit negotiations. Unlike the Tories, Labour will insist on a Brexit that works not just for City interests, but in the interests of us all.”

– Corbyn Statement.
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Brexit and distrust dominate by-election build-up

Ordinarily a by-election in a safe Conservative seat in Lincolnshire would barely raise an eyebrow in Westminster, but these are no ordinary times.

On Thursday all eyes will be on Sleaford and North Hykeham, as voters go to the polls to replace Stephen Phillips, the Tory MP who quit over the Government's handling of Brexit.

And in a constituency that voted to leave the European Union - Brexit is dominating the contest, with UKIP hoping to cause an upset.

Our political correspondent Daniel Hewitt reports.

The full list of candidates standing in the Sleaford and North Hykeham by-election Credit: ITV News
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