United Kingdom regional funding dubbed 'desperate bribe' for Brexit votes

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond is seen outside of Downing Street in London Britain

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond is seen outside of Downing Street in London Britain

However, Communities Secretary James Brokenshire said the money was not linked to support for the withdrawal agreement.

Cox, Britain's attorney general, dismissed media reports that he had given up on securing significant changes from the EU.

"Communities across the country voted for Brexit as an expression of their desire to see change".

"These towns have a glorious heritage, huge potential and, with the right help, a bright future ahead of them", she added.

But Mr McDonnell branded the initiative a "desperate bribe".

The British government said that the fund would be targeted at the places that had not shared fairly in the prosperity of the country.

"I don't want to overstate them because I still think there's a lot of work to do, but I think they do understand that we are being honest", Hunt told BBC radio on Tuesday morning.

"If they are genuinely saying we don't want that investment in our town they should look themselves in the mirror and ask why they are doing the job", he said.

"But there is no constitutionality in that sense".

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Luke Pollard, who represents Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, scorned the £35 million earmarked for towns in the South West, pointing out that it was around the same amount as the settlement agreed with Eurotunnel over the Brexit ferries "shambles", adding: "What a pathetic mess".

The Sunday Times said a group including former Brexit minister Dominic Raab and Nigel Dodds, the deputy leader of the Northern Irish party which props up May's minority government, had drawn up the tests by which they would assess any changes.

One billion pounds has already been allocated, with more than half going to towns across the north of England.

As well as the money being dished out by region another £600m will be available through a bidding process to communities in any part of the country. He is expected to return for more talks this week.

"We are determined to maintain this record of leadership outside the EU". It is understood to include a legally binding mechanism that would allow Britain to escape the backstop.

Demands for an "independent" arbitration panel by the negotiators are being resisted by the EU, outside the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice, according to the newspaper. They have also set up a team of lawyers to scrutinise anything that Cox brings back from Brussels.

The group wants a legally binding, treaty level arrangement, the language must not just simply reiterate the temporary nature of the backstop, and there "needs to be a clear and unconditional route out" of the arrangement.

But despite that defeat, European Union leaders insist that the withdrawal agreement will not be reopened, and talks in Brussels are focused on drafting a separate document to placate doubters in London.

"Labour pledged in 2017 that we will establish a network of regional development banks that will be dedicated to delivering the finance that our small businesses co-operatives and innovative projects need across the whole country".

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