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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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Anna Soubry: Stop calling us 'remoaners'

MPs who voted to remain in the EU referendum should stop being labelled "remoaners" who wish to block Brexit, Conservative MP Anna Soubry has said.

The MP for Broxtowe in Nottinghamshire said that remainers would "accept and honour" the referendum's outcome and asked if leave MPs would "finally accept that?".

The remain campaigner added that while she did not "like the result [of the Brexit vote] and yes, I do believe the people made a terrible mistake", she would push for a Brexit deal with the best outcome for the UK.

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Nicky Morgan: Brexit plan 'dragged out of Government'

Nicky Morgan speaks during the debate. Credit: House of Commons

Nicky Morgan has said the Government must get on with triggering Article 50, but criticised it for only agreeing to publish a plan on Brexit after the Prime Minister faced pressure from Labour MPs and those within her own party.

It is "not good enough that these things are dragged out of the Government by opposition day motions," the former education secretary said, adding that the Government must take "more of the initiative".

Ms Morgan added that it was "important that we do not close off options before we have to do so", and said EU nationals living in the UK should be given assurances that they can stay post-Brexit.

'We'll have the best people in the world coming over'

Universities in the Midlands have expressed concern that being outside of the EU could mean we lose European staff.

But one Leave campaigner says a departure from the EU - and the resulting end to free movement - could make it easier for global talent to come to the UK.

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Watch: Students on why they chose to apply abroad

This week on ITV News Central we're looking at the increasing number of British students going to Europe to study - and the impact Brexit might have on those wishing to go abroad.

Karandeep from Nottingham studied dentistry at Poznan University of Medical Sciences in Poland, while Katie from Hereford chose to apply to university in Amsterdam.

They told ITV News Central what was behind their decision.

Watch: Potential benefits to studying in Europe

Doing your full undergraduate degree in Europe can be financially beneficial, with cheaper or no tuition fees and lower living costs.

But what are the other benefits?

Careers Advisor Cerys Evans tells ITV News Central what advantages a European education can provide.

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