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The French share their thoughts on the UK leaving the EU

Calais is the first French town many British tourists encounter when they travel to the Continent by road, rail or ferry.

Mainland Europe is just 26 miles away from Dover when crossing the English Channel. But what do our continental neighbours think about us leaving the EU.

Tom Savvides has been finding out

Polish workers' concerns over leaving EU

The Prime Minister will trigger Article 50 today Credit: PA

Leaving the EU has raised massive concerns in Southampton - home to 25,000 Polish people.

Many moved to the city as far back as 2004. But already, recruitment agencies have seen the number of Eastern European workers plummet. Many say they're in limbo - waiting to see what happens.

Rachel Hepworth reports.

The Last Word, March 2017

It's not been a great week for the Government: a u-turn on the budget, and a £70,000 fine for spending too much on elections - including two in Kent. You might think the Tories would be suffering in the polls as a result ... not a bit of it!

And Brexit: Theresa May say Article 50 will be triggered this month - in fact the Bill received Royal Assent today. But as the Brexit Secretary admits he doesn't know what the implications will be if we leave the EU without a deal, we ask what it could mean for our economy.

And the famine in Africa: how should we respond? Is the Government doing enough? Will the British public respond in the way they need to, to alleviate the dreadful suffering?

To debate all that and more:-

  • Baroness Brinton from Kenardington in Kent for the Lib Dems
  • Alan Mak MP, the Tory MP for Havant in Hants
  • Baroness Smith from Sussex, the Labour Leader in the Lords
  • and Tim Aker MEP for UKIP, from Thurrock in Essex

How aftermath of 'Brexit' could threaten UK's craft ales

Craft ales are a popular feature of modern day life in the region

Craft beers are enjoying remarkable success - not least here in the South of England. The popularity of many of the brands is put down to the use of the distinctive of American hops. But the cost of importing those hops has soared after the pound fell following the vote for Brexit - an effect that is putting the craft ale revolution at risk. John Ryall reports.


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The Last Word, February 2017

We need new houses - hundreds of thousands of them. But where are they to go?

We've voted for Brexit: but where is it going?

And The Speaker's outburst about President Trump: one senior backbencher from the South tells us many of his colleagues are "incensed"

  • Kelly Tolhurst MP - Rochester & Strood, Conservative
  • Alan Whitehead MP - Southampton Test, Labour
  • Liz Leffman - Liberal Democrat from Witney

... debate the issues of the week. And what's it like to be in the eye of the storm? Two by-election candidates give us the view from the pavement.

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Tory MP earns appreciation for being brief on Brexit

Three hours into the Brexit Bill debate, Conservative MP Julian Lewis has delivered possibly the shortest speech the Commons will see over the course of two days of discussion on the issue.

"In my opinion, the people have decided and I'm going to vote accordingly," the MP for New Forest East said, and sat back down.

Labour's Gisela Stuart, called on to speak after Mr Lewis, congratulated him for keeping his remarks so brief.

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Former Leave chief Gove jeered over Brexit claims

Michael Gove has been mocked over the Leave campaign's contention that £350m a week would go to the NHS if Britain pulled out of the EU.

Asked as part of the Commons debate if he, as the former leader of the Leave campaign, remained true to the claim he responded "as someone who is not in the government I can't deliver these sums".

That earnt him jeers from opposition MPs.

Mr Gove was consigned to the backbenches by Prime Minister Theresa May following the referendum on Britain's EU membership.

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