Reference News Network reported on March 5 that British media said on the evening of March 3, local time, British Prime Minister Teresa May was accused of trying to bribe Labour MPs to support her agreement to leave Europe in the House of Commons. Earlier, she announced that she would provide 1.6 billion pounds (1 pound, about 8.87 yuan) for distressed communities.
According to a report on the Times website on March 4, Teresa May, in disclosing details of the Strong Town Fund, said that the fund would create jobs, help train local residents and increase economic activity.
Her remarks provoked a strong backlash throughout British politics. Some conservatives are angry that the money will go mainly to Labour-controlled areas, while the front-seat members of the opposition accuse her of trying to win support for her exit agreement through bribery.
According to the report, a total of 1 billion will be allocated to England, excluding London, under the demand-based approach. In addition, 600 million pounds will be provided to communities anywhere in the country through tendering procedures.
According to the report, Teresa May has been holding private meetings with Labour MPs John Mann, Caroline Flint and Lisa Nandy, who are considering supporting her exit agreement and urging her to set up such a fund.
However, they may be disappointed with the scale of the investment. According to the Times, the 1.6 billion will be allocated within four years starting next year, which means that it may only be 400 million a year. A Labour MP said they expected to make a commitment in the expenditure review after a lump sum payment. If the allocation lasts for four years instead of one year, it will have a significant impact, the MP added. Their expectations are much higher.
Flint said that 30 Labour MPs might support the Prime Ministers de-Europa agreement if they had a free vote. Teresa May needs the support of them and 10 members of the Democratic Unity Party to offset the possible opposition of Conservative MPs to his plan to leave Europe.
Source: Responsible Editor of Reference Message Network: Yang Yi_NBJ10647