A £1.6bn (€1.85bn) package promised by Theresa May for run-down towns in England has been dismissed by opposition MPs as a “pathetic” attempt to win Labour support for her Brexit deal. The money, which will be spread over seven financial years to 2025-2026, is a “desperate bribe”, shadow chancellor John McDonnell claimed. But Britain’s Communities Secretary James Brokenshire said the money would be “transformative” and was not conditional on support for the British Prime Minister’s Withdrawal Agreement. Mrs May’s efforts to make the deal more palatable to hardline Brexiteers have hit a setback, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph. British Attorney General Geoffrey Cox has dropped attempts to secure key demands for a unilateral exit mechanism from the backstop or a time limit for it, according to the newspaper. The DUP and the Tory European Research Group (ERG) have made it clear they will not support the PM’s Withdrawal Agreement in crunch Commons votes without such legally binding measures. Launching the new £1.6 billion Stronger Towns Fund package, Mrs May said: “For too long in our country prosperity has been unfairly spread. “Communities across the country voted for Brexit as an expression of their desire to see change… Read full this story
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