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Brexit news – live: Lib Dems claim historic by-election victory as UK asks for delay to ban on sausage exports

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The Lib Dems have overturned a large Tory majority to score an historic win in the Chesham and Amersham by-election.

Sarah Green has become the country’s newest MP after winning the seat, which had been a Conservative stronghold since its creation in 1974.

Sir Ed Davey, the Lib Dem leader, said the result sent a “shockwave through British politics” by showing that the “Blue Wall” of Tory southern seats could be vulnerable.

Brexit minister David Frost has formally requested a three-month extension to temporary measures allowing sausages to cross the Irish Sea.

Restrictions on shipments of chilled meats are due to come into force when a grace period expires at the end of the month.

The UK has now formally requested an extension, allowing sausages, burgers and mince to continue being sent from Great Britain to Northern Ireland until 30 September.

The European Commission said it would “assess” the request, which follows threats from the UK that it could unilaterally extend the deadline if Brussels did not back down.

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By-election win part of ‘trend’ of ‘beating Conservatives’ in home counties, says Lib Dem leader

Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey said his party’s “record-breaking” by-election victory was part of a “trend” of it “beating the Conservatives” in home county areas.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “People feel that the Conservatives are out of touch, they’re not listening to places like this, they’re taking them for granted and that builds on what we heard during the local elections, when Liberal Democrats in Oxfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Surrey and Wiltshire, made gains off the Conservatives.

“This by-election, brilliant though it was, record-breaking though it was, was part of that trend where Liberal Democrats are beating the Conservatives in many of those home county areas.”

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UK asks for delay to ban on sausage exports

The UK has sought a three-month extension to temporary measures allowing sausages to cross the Irish Sea.

Restrictions on shipments of chilled meats are due to come into force when a grace period expires at the end of the month.

Our political editor Andrew Woodcock explains more in this article:

Formal request comes just 13 days before end of ‘grace period’

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Lib Dems claim historic by-election victory

Boris Johnson’s Tories suffered a humiliating by-election defeat as the Liberal Democrats scored a historic win in Chesham and Amersham.

Lib Dem Sarah Green is the country’s newest MP after winning the seat, which had been a Conservative stronghold since its creation in 1974.

My colleague Adam Withnall has more on this story below:

Conservatives had held seat with majority of more than 16,000

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