The Meridian region reacts to leaving the European Union

Article 50 has been triggered: Prime Minister Theresa May signed the historic letter which was delivered to the European Council today.

Britain has officially begun its divorce from the European Union.

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Two sides of the Brexit coin - Brighton and Gravesend react to leaving the EU

In the South East the majority of our constituencies voted to leave the EU - in fact more than a million people voted leave - that's 55 per cent of the turnout.

The most pro Brexit place in our region was Gravesham - where 65% voted to leave.

The most pro remain group was Brighton and Hove where 69% wanted to stay.

We've been back to both places to see if people have changed their minds. Andy Dickenson and John Ryall report.


Would Gravesham change its mind if it voted again?

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In Gravesham 65% of people - about 35,000 of them - decided to leave the EU.

Fast-forward 8 months on - some businesses that voted leave are struggling with the weak currency. While other members of the general public are excited for the changes that may come.

John Ryall is in its largest town, Gravesend, to find out if people would change their vote if the referendum happened again.

Short-term benefits in Oxon but long-term uncertainty

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The local economy of Oxfordshire depends on a mixture of elements including tourism and arable farming.

A farmer on the outskirts of Oxford believes that voting to leave the EU has made future growth in farming much harder.

But, a major tourism hot-spot in the city says that in the short-term a weak pound is bringing in more tourists.

Cary Johnston reports on the counties concerns for the future.

'Theresa May needs to be transparent' Hove MPs reaction

Labour MP for Hove, Peter Kyle Credit: ITV Meridian

Labour MP for Hove, Peter Kyle, has said he was against triggering Article 50. Earlier in the year, he joined 18 other Labour backbenchers in offering an amendment to the Bill which would see it thrown out.

Now that the UK is going forward with its exit from the EU - Kyle wants Theresa May to be transparent about what will be delivered and to give the public a true understanding of what will happen next.

Phil Hornby reports.


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