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Ryanair's foray into Brexit could land them a police 'bribery' probe (and tonnes of publicity)

The airline has a special offer to fly British expats back for the vote.

RYANAIR HAS BEEN reported to UK police over claims that its ‘Brexit Special’  is in breach of bribery laws.

The airline has been campaigning for the UK to remain in the EU and yesterday advertised a promotion offering British expats the chance to fly back to the UK for the referendum.

The deal applied for the day of the vote, 23 June, and the day before with prices starting at €19.99.

But the idea hasn’t gone down well with Vote Leave campaigners who’ve called it ‘corrupt’.

The Guardian reports that Vote Leave campaign director Dominic Cummings made the complaint in a two-page letter to Met Police.

“This appears to be corrupt, since the company is offering discounts on the commercial rate to customers with the sole aim of ensuring that they vote and vote to remain in the European Union,” Cummings wrote.

Scotland Yard told The Guardian that it had received the complaint and that it was in the process of considering a response.

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary has called the complaint ‘desperate’ and extended the offer for another 24 hours, leaving it open until midnight tonight.

O’Leary released a statement in response to the controversy saying the deal,

fully complies with Ryanair’s policy of lowering the cost of air travel to and from the UK.

“Vote Leave must be getting really desperate if they are now objecting to low fare air travel for British citizens,” O’Leary said.

- With reporting from Business Insider 

Read: The Sun defends “significantly misleading” front page about Queen backing Brexit >

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