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PM warned not to of­fer deals and sweet­en­ers to rebel MPS ahead of vi­tal vote

The Sunday Post (Inverness) - - NEWS - By Ju­dith Duffy PO­LIT­I­CAL EDI­TOR

May must not bully and bribe MPS in a bid to drive her Brexit blue­print through the Com­mons in nine days’ time, op­po­nents warned yes­ter­day.

The SNP claimed the Prime Min­is­ter would be­come in­creas­ingly des­per­ate to swing wa­ver­ing MPS be­hind her plan be­fore the cru­cial vote on De­cem­ber 11. She is said to be up to 100 votes short and has been ac­cused of plan­ning con­ces­sions and sweet­en­ers to se­cure sup­port.

The SNP’S Brexit spokesman at West­min­ster, Peter Grant, said his col­leagues would be vig­i­lant in the days ahead. He ac­cused May of “of­fer­ing grubby in­duce­ments to MPS in an at­tempt to per­suade them to vote for some­thing they would never oth­er­wise have sup­ported”.

He added: “The Prime Min­is­ter’s time would be bet­ter spent lis­ten­ing to the grow­ing op­po­si­tion rather than ped­dling a false choice be­tween her flawed deal and a no-deal.” Labour, the Lib­eral Democrats and the SNP are ready to vote against the mo­tion and the Demo­cratic Union­ists have said they can­not sup­port it as it stands. May has a work­ing ma­jor­ity of just 13, and only seven Tory rebels are needed to de­feat it. Around 90 Tory MPS have in­di­cated they will vote against the deal.

Last week May was ac­cused of pan­ick­ing af­ter her deputy tried in vain to of­fer a last-minute con­ces­sion to the

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