Key remainers have undergone a series of top-level meetings with various top EU officials in a bid to thwart Brexit, reports reveal.
This weekend, The Guardian revealed Tony Blair, John Major, and Nick Clegg have been using their considerable clout across the EU to begin ‘actively working towards another referendum’ with stronger immigration rules in place to offset complaints from Brexiters.
Clegg, the former deputy prime minister, began the mission independently but has taken on the role of informal shop steward to the grandees.
In recent weeks Clegg has met Mark Rutte, the Dutch prime minister, Wolfgang Schäuble, the German Bundestag president, Peter Altmeier, the German economics minister, Sigmar Gabriel, a former German foreign minister, and senior officials in the foreign policy team of the French president, Emmanuel Macron.
Last week Blair met senior politicians in Germany and Austria and Italy’s new interior minister, Matteo Salvini. The People’s Vote campaign, working alongside Clegg, has appointed Tom Cole, a former EU commission official, to stay in regular contact with EU embassies in London.
According to The Guardian:
Reports from the shuttle diplomacy are fed into the weekly meeting on Wednesday mornings of remain-backing MPs, which is chaired by Chuka Umunna, the Labour MP and lead coordinator on the coming parliamentary Brexit endgame.
One source said: “We are not trying to subvert the government negotiations but we are trying to make sure European leaders are plugged into British politics and are not just getting information from the UK government.”