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The prime minister suffered the worst defeat in the House of Commons in more than 100 years on Tuesday as MPs categorically rejected her plan on how to take the UK out of the European Union.

MPs have rejected Theresa May’s Brexit plans by an emphatic 432 votes to 202 in a historic vote which has thrown the future of her administration and the nature of the UK’s EU withdrawal into doubt.

Theresa May will put her Brexit deal to the Commons on Tuesday, with defeat almost guaranteed.

A Norfolk MP is set to be one of around 64 who will vote against Theresa May’s Brexit deal after the prime minister made a last-ditch attempt to garner support.

Plans to build a £200m gas-fired power station on the A140 close to the Norfolk-Suffolk border have been put on hold following an EU court ruling.

Brexit is causing a recruitment crisis at one of the UK’s largest hotel chain.

The UK’s F-35 Lightning stealth fighter jets are ready to be deployed on operations for the first time, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced.

Wetherspoon boss Tim Martin wants to improve and expand his pubs in Norfolk and even add hotels.

With Brexit looming, all EU citizens living in the UK will need to apply for the right to remain in the UK - and the Italian restaurant chain Carluccio’s has taken bold steps to ensure that its foreign employees do just that.

A Norfolk MP is amongst 20 Tory rebels to vote against the government and back an amendment designed to limit ministers’ tax raising powers in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

East Anglian firms are taking practical measures to shield themselves against extreme Brexit scenarios as the political turmoil around the UK’s exit from the European Union continues to cast uncertainty over future trading conditions.

A technology-inspired heritage trail is set to bring to life the history of a north Norfolk town after more than £40,000 worth of funding was secured.

Norfolk county and district-level councils have been working with emergency services to prepare for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit.

House prices rose by 2% in the three months to December in East Anglia - bucking the national trend which saw values go up by a mere 0.5%, the smallest increase in almost six years.

An online service designed to enhance people’s shopping experience on Great Yarmouth’s historic market has not worked according to traders.

Even with just three months to go Brexit uncertainty remains for businesses in our region and beyond. Business editor RICHARD PORRITT looks forward to what the coming year holds

It’s a well-documented fact that businesses have had a tough time this year.

More than 10,400 people have lost their jobs in Britain’s restaurant industry this year.

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The Norfolk Chamber of Commerce has announced a number of its first networking events for the new year.

More than £130,000 in funding has been secured as part of an “innovative project” to boost the East Anglian fishing industry.

No one can provide an indication of the next step on our journey to a post Brexit future.

East of England firms’ confidence in the economy has fallen into negative territory, according to a banking barometer.

A multi-million pound scheme to protect the north Norfolk coastline has taken a significant step forward, with the appointment of a contractor to carry out the work.

Setting an “arbitrary” minimum salary threshold for migrant workers after Brexit could put agriculture and food jobs at risk, warned a senior East Anglian farmer.

Oliver Brabbins, head of the Business Law Team at Steeles Law, looks back on a year of change for business.

James Marston says the one big question that has been thrown up by the whole Brexit shambles is who is actually running the country

It’s been an action-packed year for the Norfolk business scene, with many triumphing despite falling consumer confidence.

An enterprise agency has refused to comment on claims staff enjoyed free holidays at a villa owned by two of its ex-directors - who then tried to bill the agency for the stays.

With just over three months ago until the UK is due to leave the European Union, how will we cope with Brexit over Christmas?

This week, Peter Sharkey looks at why thousands of people are using lifetime mortgages to buy a home in the sun.

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Well, that was all a big waste of time wasn’t it? Perhaps not.

The prime minister might have won a confidence vote but, asks political editor RICHARD PORRITT, what now for her leadership, Brexit and the country?

Demand for warehouse and storage facilities is soaring as anxious companies make contingency plans for Brexit.

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb suffered a narrow defeat on a bill calling for the legalisation of cannabis, ahead of an emergency debate on the delay to the vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal.

Enough Conservative MPs have requested a vote of confidence in Theresa May to trigger a contest, chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee Sir Graham Brady has announced.

A conservative Norfolk MP called on the government to scrap income tax after claiming it was originally a temporary measure while mocking Theresa May’s Brexit deal.

From one of the country’s best known Brexit campaigners to a 90s popstar, there is something for everyone at UEA’s Spring Literary Festival in 2019.

Dr Carly Howett is the assistant director of the Department of Space Studies at the Southwest Research Institute in Colorado USA. She studies icy worlds and is on four NASA missions: New Horizons (to Pluto), Lucy (to Jupiter’s asteroids), Cassini (to Saturn) and Europa Clipper (to Jupiter’s moon Europa). She talks to Gina Long MBE.

A selection of the region’s most selfless and committed individuals gathered on Wednesday evening at The Halls in Norwich for the EDP Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2018.

As Theresa May battles to get the country onside with her Brexit deal, EDP readers had the chance to put their questions to the prime minister.

The men and women behind the miraculous marshland rescue of a stranded, half-submerged pensioner have told their remarkable tale.

Political commentators are often expected to make predictions – but none of the Westminster commentariat have managed to call the fall out from Brexit correctly.

The region’s most hard working, caring, and talented individuals were celebrated at a glittering awards ceremony this evening.

Major retailers are ramping up contingency plans ahead of Brexit, as Joules announces it is setting up an EU distribution hub and ordering products early to protect against a possible hard deal.

People have been warned to be on their guard buying presents this Christmas - and not to fall for cheap, counterfeit gifts concealing hidden dangers.

Norfolk MP Liz Truss has urged MPs to back Theresa May’s Brexit deal claiming the UK can always change the agreement in the future.

Arch-Brexiter Jacob Rees-Mogg said Norfolk’s agricultural sector would benefit from a “managed no-deal” on a visit to the county.

Up hill and down dale, Theresa May is trekking assiduously across the nation trying to sell her Brexit deal.

Being at the helm of one of the giants of the UK’s pubs and brewing industry has been “a great journey and an adventure” said its chief as he enters his final few months in post.

The prime minister is battling to convince the nation her Brexit deal is the best option for Britain.

Arch-Brexiter Jacob Rees-Mogg is heading to Norfolk today as part of a ‘nationwide tour’.

A ‘no deal’ Brexit could pose ‘significant risks’ to pubs and brewing group Greene King’s business in a number of areas, it warned.

Leaders of the three political groups at Norwich City Council are to press MPs for a public vote - if Parliament rejects the final Brexit deal.

‘Brexit is Brexit and people still want to move’ - that was the message from estate agents working in Norfolk and Suffolk who declare 2018 has been a better year for sales than 2017 despite new gloomy figures showing a 12 per cent fall in transactions.

Discussions around how Norfolk could be impacted by Brexit has been put on hold, due to the ever-changing situation in Westminster.

This week is crunch time for Prime Minister Theresa May as this week she attempts to persuade the Houses of Parliament to back her Brexit deal. This is what the people of Norwich think.

An MP who backed staying in the EU but abstained on the vote to trigger Article 50 has announced he cannot support Theresa May’s Brexit deal.

Norwich North MP Chloe Smith has announced she is expecting her second child.

Campaigners who want the public to be given the final vote on a Brexit deal are calling for Norwich City Council to endorse the campaign for a People’s Vote.

The answer to most difficult questions is the same: money.

Sector leaders have their say on Theresa May’s Brexit deal

Festive cheer has spread across Great Yarmouth following the launch of the four weekly Christmas markets on Tuesday.

The continuing uncertainly over life outside the European Union led to the birth of a “living document” assessing its potential impact in Norfolk’s biggest Brexit stronghold.

New Brexit secretary Steve Barclay has insisted it is time to finalise the withdrawal agreement and “deliver a Brexit that works for the whole UK”.

With four months remaining until the UK’s official withdrawal from the European Union, and still no clear message on the Brexit deal – despite the dramatic events in Westminster this week - concerns are rising over future interest rates and the effect on house prices and debt levels. Now is the time to review mortgage arrangements and property portfolios.

NE Cambs MP Steve Barclay is the next Brexit Secretary following the resignation of Dominic Raab who resigned on Tuesday.

So what does the draft Brexit deal mean for us?

With the government in turmoil and the prime minister teetering on the edge, political editor RICHARD PORRITT asks ‘what now for Brexit?’

The battle now is between the ideologues and the pragmatists.

East Anglia’s farming leaders warned of a “catastrophic” no-deal scenario if the prime minister’s draft withdrawal agreement is not adopted by Parliament.

The Southwold brewery Adnams is seeking damages as the main claimant in a group action lawsuit which was filed this week.

Leaders in Norfolk’s business community have had their say as the debate rumbles on over the UK’s Brexit withdrawal agreement.

Few places nationwide voted more in favour of leaving the European Union than Great Yarmouth.

Sheep and cattle farming in the UK should be cut by between a fifth and a half to help tackle climate change, a committee led by Suffolk’s Lord Deben says.

Theresa May has dramatically won the backing of her cabinet for the Brexit deal – but anger is growing among Brexiteers.

Businesses have been invited to an industry forum this month where South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss will be the speaker.

Job vacancies are becoming harder to fill as fewer migrants want to work in the UK, according to a report.

As Vanessa Redgrave visits East Anglia for the 2018 Norwich Film Festival this Sunday, Nicky Barrell finds out more about her drive to shine a spotlight on the international refugee crisis.

The Brexit endgame is in sight – perhaps.

Concern about Brexit has risen sharply among over-65s to a level almost matching the youngest voting age group, a survey has found.

More than 150,000 tonnes of Norfolk’s waste was incinerated after being shipped to Europe last year - and council bosses want that to continue.

Past Budgets have quickly fallen to pieces.

Overall business confidence among firms in the East of England has fallen by a fifth in the past month, new figures suggest.

This Budget was set to be the most difficult any chancellor has had to deliver in living memory.

Police are gearing up for two demonstrations in Norwich on the same day - one protesting about mass immigration and a counter rally showing migrants and refugees are welcome.

Tory MPs are looking to chancellor Philip Hammond to raise party morale as he delivers what’s expected to be his final budget before the UK leaves the European Union (EU).

A major change in consumer behaviour is gripping the tourism industry – but it can be overcome with investment, innovation and inspiration, writes Simon Altham of Hoseasons.

James Marston says Britain has become Dickensian again. And it’s time to stop turning our heads away from this scourge of modern times

Norfolk hospitals depend on the European Union for more than one in 10 doctors, new figures revealed, as uncertainty over Brexit threatens to worsen the crisis in the NHS.

Television chef and majority Norwich City shareholder Delia Smith spoke out against Brexit during the People’s Vote march in London.

The automotive industry is shocked at disappointed the Government is cutting the plug-in car grant. Motoring editor Andy Russell says that with the demise of diesel it should be stepping up incentivising switching to electrifed vehicles.

The Labour party lost a stalwart this week.

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Insurance firm Aviva has offered reassurance that setting up an Irish subsidiary will not impact on jobs or customers in the UK.

An animal charity is calling on the government to take urgent action to stop the illegal importation of puppies into the UK as Brexit approaches.

Northgate High School and Dereham Sixth Form College have successfully secured funding for a number of partnerships with schools across Europe.

Musicians including Ed Sheeran, Damn Albarn and Bob Geldof have joined forces to warn about the impact of a no-deal Brexit on the music industry, saying the country would be placed in a “self-built cultural jail”.

Financial columnist Peter Sharkey says a building disaster in Bulgaria and HS2 are good metaphors for avoiding bad financial plans

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