EU Exit in the South - what next?

It's a new week and Britain has a new relationship with Europe. So what happens next?

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Farage booed after highly charged EU speech

Farage laughing after his speech at the European Parliament

Nigel Farage has been booed by members of the European Parliament after a speech warning against punishing Britain for leaving the EU.

The South-East MEP told the chamber that "the consequences would be far worse for you than it would be for us" if the EU rejected a "sensible" trade deal with the UK.

He claimed that up to 100,000 jobs in the car manufacturing trade in Germany could be put at risk - and warned European nations not to "cut of your noses to spite your face".

Farage also drew ire from other MEPs for suggesting that "virtually none of you have done a day's work in your lives". He was supported by Eurosceptic MEPs from other countries, including Marine Le Pen of France's Front Nationale.

Watch an excerpt from Farage's highly charged speech below:


VIDEO REPORT : The view from Westminster- what happens next?

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It's been a busy day in Parliament as political parties of all persuasion examine the fallout from Brexit, and where to go from here.

The Cabinet met this morning, while the Shadow Cabinet has changed beyond all recognition.

Our Political Correspondent Phil Hornby assesses the days events:

Phil spoke to Richard Ashworth MEP, Con- Henley MP John Howell, Con and Phillip Lee, Conservative MP for Bracknell.

'Deep regret' but Oxford remains 'open for business' - Council leader reacts to Brexit vote

Statement from Councillor Bob Price, Leader of Oxford City Council, about the EU Referendum result

Cllr Bob Price, Leader, Oxford City Council Credit: ITV Meridian

"Oxford City Councillors deeply regret the outcome of last Thursday's national referendum on continued membership of the European Union.

"The people of Oxford voted overwhelmingly in favour of staying in the Union, and younger generations were particularly strong in their support. This reflects confidence in the strength of our society and our economy.

"Oxford has always been an outward looking city, with a diverse international community, and ready to welcome people from all parts of Europe and the wider world.

"Ten per cent of our residents are from other EU countries, contributing massively to our health services, to research and teaching in the universities and in our schools, to the IT and science based industries, and to construction, hotels, cafes and restaurants.

I would like to assure them that they remain very welcome in Oxford, and that their contribution to the economic dynamism of the city is warmly appreciated.

"Oxford is one of Europe's leading cities for innovation, science, culture and medical research. The potential medium term implications of the Leave vote are hugely damaging for employment in the city and for our position in the European economy.

"The City Council will do all it can, with its partners in the city and the wider county, to sustain our reputation as a city region that is open for business and can attract global investment and opportunities for its people."

– Cllr Bob Price

VIDEO REPORT: Thames Valley reacts to Brexit - centre stage for Tory leadership battle

Could Maidenhead be home to the NEXT Prime Minister? Credit: ITV

Maidenhead MP Theresa May is expected to announce this week that she's standing to be Prime Minister.

She's setting up a team - ready for the challenge - where she'll be promoted as the only candidate who can stop Boris Johnson becoming Conservative leader.

It could mean the leader of our country will again be a Thames Valley MP - David Cameron is, of course, and will remain, the MP for Witney

The fallout from Brexit has caused a political storm - but what's the real story among real people.

Mel Bloor has been canvassing opinions in the Thames Valley.


Friendships divided as EU result continues to cause shockwaves across the South

The shockwaves of last week's vote continue to reverberate around the South. It's the talking point in cafes, shops and businesses across the region. The Leave vote has divided friendships and caused heated debate. Mary Stanley has been canvassing opinions in the South.

Labour in meltdown over leadership

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Jeremy Corbyn has promoted key allies in an attempt to shore up his position as Labour leader but the revolt against him continued with further resignations and a threat by senior peers to boycott shadow cabinet meetings.

The Labour leader lost 12 members of his top team on Sunday and a series of junior frontbenchers quit on Monday as months of frustration at his leadership exploded into a full-blown coup attempt.

As Mr Corbyn moved to replace the members of the frontbench team who had quit, resignation letters continued to pile up on his desk.

The party's leadership in the Lords appeared to back the effort to oust Mr Corbyn - who has vowed to fight on - although they will not resign their shadow cabinet seats.

Emily Thornberry and Diane Abbott have been given new roles Credit: PA

The embattled party leader appointed loyalist MPs into key roles in his shadow cabinet as he attempted to hold on to his position, including a number of MPs from the 2015 intake.

Former shadow defence secretary Emily Thornberry will replace Hilary Benn, who was sacked as shadow foreign secretary in the early hours of Sunday morning.

And Diane Abbott replaces Heidi Alexander, who quit as shadow health secretary - one of 11 shadow cabinet ministers to resign in a day.

Other appointments confirmed by Mr Corbyn in his reshuffle were Pat Glass as shadow education secretary, Andy McDonald in the transport brief, Clive Lewis takes defence, Rebecca Long-Bailey will be shadow chief secretary and Kate Osamor is the new shadow development secretary.

The shadow environment, food and rural affairs portfolio has gone to Rachel Maskell, Cat Smith is the shadow voter engagement and youth affairs minister and Dave Anderson becomes shadow Northern Ireland secretary.

EU Exit in the South - so what next?

A new week- a new relationship with Europe Credit: PA

We've had a weekend to mull over the result of the EU referendum, so how are you feeling about it this morning?

The shock of the result may have subsided, but now it's time to face the reality of this momentous decision.

In Westminster, both the main parties have imploded - this morning the Conservatives are lining up their candidates following David Cameron's decision to resign.

Boris Johnson and Maidenhead MP Theresa May lead the pack, with rumours a plot dubbed ABB ( Anyone But Boris) has begun, organised by those loyal to the outgoing PM.

Johnson and May are likely to go head-to-head Credit: Library Image -PA

But the Labour Party too is in turmoil, with Jeremy Cobyn this morning promoting key allies in an attempt to shore up his position as Labour leader, following the resignation of 12 members of his top team on Sunday.

Jeremy Corbyn outside his home this morning Credit: PA

But outside Westminster, decisions will need to be made that affect everyone, with concerns that major infrastructure plans in the South, like HS2 and the future of airport expansion, will be put on hold.

There remains uncertainty in the money markets, and British businesses are now considering the impact of the Leave decision for their future strategy.

What next for HS2? Credit: PA

The South and South East is home to thousands of families who've moved to the UK from other European countries - many from Poland. Many say they feel they're facing an uncertain future.

We'll be looking at all these issues in Meridian Tonight at 6pm tonight, and throughout the day on our website.

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South becomes battleground for Tory leadership

Boris Johnson and Theresa May lead the pack Credit: Library Image - PA

Boris Johnson and Maidenhead MP Theresa May are leading a pack of at least 10 senior Conservatives tipped to be contenders in the battle to succeed David Cameron.

The Brexit campaign frontman summoned friendly Tory MPs to his Oxfordshire home on Sunday in likely preparation for a run at the party's leadership, as the Home Secretary was reportedly sounding out colleagues.

The Maidenhead MP is reported to be the main contender to take on Boris Johnson Credit: PA

Mrs May is thought to be the main contender to take on the former London mayor and a plot dubbed "ABB" (Anyone But Boris) has reportedly begun, organised by ministers and aides loyal to Mr Cameron.

Other challengers could also include pro-Remain MPs Sajid Javid, the Business Secretary, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb and Energy and Climate Secretary Amber Rudd who represents Hastings and Rye.

Hastings and Rye MP Amber Rudd has thrown her hat in the ring Credit: PA
South West Surrey MP Jeremy Hunt is considering his position Credit: PA

Despite once saying the Health Secretary brief was his "last big job in politics", South West Surrey MP Jeremy Hunt is also reported to be among those considering a shot at the leadership.

Prominent Brexit campaigners Andrea Leadsom, minister for energy and climate change, and work and pensions minister Priti Patel are expected to stand, according to reports.

Meanwhile former defence secretary Liam Fox was the first potential contender to break cover, admitting he is "thinking about" standing to replace Mr Cameron.

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Mr Johnson was pictured welcoming Remain campaigners Jake Berry, Amanda Milling and Ben Wallace, alongside Leave's Nigel Adams to his Oxfordshire home on Sunday.

Mrs May, touted as the "stop Boris" side's candidate, was also reported to be canvassing support among MPs ahead of the battle to replace the PM.

She has been silent since Friday's bombshell EU referendum result sent shockwaves through Britain's political system as the country questioned how Brexit could be delivered.

David Cameron announcing his resignation on Friday Credit: PA

Mr Cameron announced his intention to leave Number 10 in the wake of the referendum defeat and said he would like his successor to be in place by the time of the Tory party conference in October.

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