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Brexit could harm science in the East, committee hears

The debate on how Brexit might effect the country's science and research sectors has been raging in our region.

Cambridge, which is world-renowned for its cutting edge medical research, hosted Parliament's Committee on Exiting the European Union.

The experts came from the space sector, academia, life sciences and medical research.

Their concerns included whether Brexit would make it harder to recruit the best staff, participate in Europe-based projects such as the Gallileo space programme and attract investment.

Meanwhile, pro-Brexit MPs insist that leaving the European Union will provide new opportunities for the science and research sectors.

Could Brexit mean it'll cost more to fix your car?

Some of the region's independent garage owners are warning their businesses could be damaged by Brexit.

They're worried that a European regulation called the 'Right to repair', which forces companies to give them access to technical data to fix cars, will be stopped when we leave the EU.

Independent garages deal with around 67% of all repairs on our cars and research shows they are around 40 per cent cheaper than the big Franchise dealerships.

Click below to watch our report from Matthew Hudson.

Wizz Air launches UK licence bid ahead of Brexit

Opening its base in June

Hungarian-based airline Wizz Air has applied for a UK licence ahead of Brexit. It plans to set up a Wizz Air UK subsidiary at London Luton Airport, where it currently operates 41 routes. This will begin in March 2018 subject to receipt of an Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) and Operating Licence from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

The firm pledged to employ more than 100 people in management, pilots and cabin crew roles at Luton by the end of next year.

It follows the airline opening its first base in the UK at Luton in the summer.

Wizz Air chief executive Jozsef Varadi said:

"It is a natural next step in the development of our UK business and will bring additional investment and jobs to our UK base at London Luton. "The UK remains the single biggest travel market in Europe and we are currently the UK's eighth largest operator, and this move is also part of our broader strategy to ensure that our UK operations are Brexit-ready. "We look forward to working with the CAA to take this application forward."

– Jozsef Varadi

NHS staffing fears across eastern region over EU nationals leaving after Brexit vote

A Cambridgeshire Doctor says he's concerned that increasing numbers of EU nationals are leaving NHS hospitals since the Brexit vote.

New figures also show that fewer doctors and nurses are joining to replace them.

The news comes just days after the Care Quality Commission said the NHS faces a "precarious" future due to rising vacancy rates.

Watch the report below by ITV News Anglia's Elodie Harper


Farmers welcome post-Brexit subsidies proposal

Farmers have given a cautious welcome to plans for radical changes to the financial support they receive from the Government.

The Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, says farmers will have to prove they're committed to environmental issues before receiving any form of subsidy after Brexit.

New Conservative MEP appointed for East of England

The East of England has a new Conservative Euro MP after the previous one was elected to the House of Commons as MP for Chelmsford.

Businessman John Flack has taken his seat at the European Parliament which sits in Strasbourg and Brussels.

Vicky Ford won in Chelmsford in the General Election and can't sit in both parliaments so had to stand down as an MEP. That means the next Conservative candidate on the party list at the last European election in 2013 is appointed as a replacement.

John Flack has been appointed the new Conservative MEP for the East of England.

“I was born and bred in the region and my family can be traced back here for 14 generations as farmers on the Essex/Cambridgeshire border. It really is a privilege to represent my home region which I know so well.”

“This is a crucial time for the East of England as we try to make the most the opportunities that leaving the European Union presents us. As an MEP I will work towards achieving the best deal for the region.”

– John Flack MEP

The East of England is represented by two other Conservative MEPs in the European Parliament; Geoffrey Van Orden and David Campbell Bannerman.

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