Brexit Brief: May accused of ‘bribing’ MPs with £1.6bn fund for deprived towns

The British Prime Minister has launched a £1.6bn fund to help the U.K.’s poorest towns — many of which voted to leave the EU — in what is being taken as an attempt to get politicians from the opposition Labour Party to back her Brexit deal.

In a statement, Theresa May said: “Communities across the country voted for Brexit as an expression of their desire to see change — that must be a change for the better, with more opportunity and greater control.”

The move has been labeled a “bribe” and “desperate” by Labour’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell. Ruth Smeeth, another Labour MP, said the figure represented “an extraordinarily pathetic amount of money” and was “a waste of time”.

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