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Health bosses make arrangements for no deal Brexit

Hospitals prepared for no deal Brexit Credit: ITV Border

Hospital patients in North Cumbria are being reassured that a No Deal Brexit would not affect them.

The Hospitals NHS Trust Chief Executive says preparations have already been made.

At the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven, managers have been busy make contingencies plans for such an eventuality, in line with guidance from theGovernment.

"We're well organised here. We know that if there is a no deal Brexit there could be some risks to the transport of drugs from Europe into this country but we are already geared up to respond to that should it happen."

– North Cumbria Hospitals NHS Trust Chief Executive Stephen Eames

Carlisle MP calls for alternative Brexit option

With Parliament just a few days away from voting on Teresa May's Brexit deal, Carlisle's MP John Stevenson says he hasn't decided how to vote.

The Conservative MP voted to remain and has had a record of being a rebel and while he says he hasn't made up his mind on how he'll vote, he says he doesn't like any of the three options: reversing Brexit, a second referendum or Teresa May's plan.

"I do not think it's in the interests of Carlisle or our country for a no deal, I also do not think it would be right to have a 2nd referendum because we had one in 2016. What I've got to decide is, is Theresa May's proposals the right ones or is there a 4th alternative? And I've long been a supporter of the Norwegian option."

– John Stevenson MP, Carlisle (Conservative)

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Article 50 formally triggered with letter to Donald Tusk

Britain has formally given the EU notification that it intends to leave the bloc.

Sir Tim Barrow, British ambassador to the EU, handed the written letter to European Council president Donald Tusk on Wednesday.

The minute the letter was accepted, the notification to leave was triggered.

Britain now has two years to negotiate an agreement with the 27 remaining EU countries over its future relationship with the bloc.

WATCH: 'Local businesses will feel Brexit impact'

An economic development expert from the University of Cumbria says businesses will feel the effects of Brexit - but only after negotiations begin.

Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to start the process of the UK formally leaving the European Union by triggering Article 50 today.

Professor Frank Peck told ITV Border the act of triggering Brexit was unlikely to have an immediate impact, but that in the medium term as negotiations get underway, companies who trade across European boundaries would be particularly affected.

  • ITV Border will have a series of special reports about the impact of Brexit on local people and businesses, at 6pm today
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