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The Money Behind Remain

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Written by Robert Tombs

It is well known that the continuing campaign to overturn the 2016 vote has been lavishly funded. As has been widely reported, the generous Mr George Soros has been a major donor. But even his largesse, it seems, is not enough to keep the pot boiling.

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Lord Malloch-Brown, a former United Nations official made a peer by Gordon Brown, and now director of the Best for Britain anti-Brexit lobby, has been trying to raise even more.  In private emails to wealthy businessmen last month, he asked for an immediate contribution of £500,000.  He pointed out that “while we are not in an election period we can accept donations from individuals and companies based both in the UK and abroad … over the critical coming weeks we want to invest much more to have the greatest possible impact in the short time still available.”

While its leaders try to create the impression that the Remain campaign is a spontaneous grass-roots movement, Malloch-Brown’s letter rather lets the cat out of the bag: “Generous support, both corporate and individual, over the past 18 months has got us this far … We’ve also funded a range of smaller organisations across the country.”

He explained what the money would be used for: “We will only achieve the critical extension of Article 50 by encouraging as many MPs as possible to support the necessary amendments. Our focus now will be directed at local constituency level, using both digital and traditional campaigning, with this objective.”  They would be paying for “research, polling and data modelling”. 

One of those approached by Malloch-Brown, a New York billionaire, replied in forthright terms: “I couldn’t disagree more … Brexit is the most important step in the reclamation of English sovereignty since the Magna Carta.” 

Perhaps history will one day relate how much money was spent on the anti-Brexit campaigns we are now witnessing.  Readers may perhaps have further information on this that they would like to share.   

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Robert Tombs