THE Government has been pressed by North-East politicians for guarantees about post-Brexit funding.

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has met Brexit Minister Suella Braverman to seek assurances Tees Valley will benefit from cash to replace European funding after the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

Mr Houchen joined five other mayors at the briefing, where Government updated the mayors on the latest Brexit negotiations.

While there, he pressed Government to make sure the EU’s current commitment of £25m to the region would be secured from a new Shared Prosperity Fund and called for even more cash to be devolved post-Brexit.

He said: “This meeting was another opportunity to get our region’s leave-voting voice heard by Government.

"After Brexit, we will be free of EU red tape and able to fully commit funding across the UK as we see fit.

“But this shouldn’t just mean more cash for those in London. It should mean devolved funding so we can do on a local level what Government will now be able to do nationally."