CONSERVATIVES boycotted an emergency council meeting about Brexit.

Tories in Brighton and Hove City Council refused to turn up to the urgent meeting tonight.

Leader Cllr Steve Bell said the meeting was "a waste of time and taxpayers' money".

"Labour and the Greens decided they just wanted to kick the Government, not debate Brexit preparations," he said.

"It's an insult to council officers who have worked hard. We decided we didn't want to be involved."

When asked why the Tories did not take part in the debate, Cllr Bell said: "Debating won't change anything. This meeting won't affect preparations at all."