‘Sup with the devil’ Dominic Grieve SLAMMED after holding SECRETIVE meeting with Remoaners

Posted on Jun 14 2018 - 9:00pm by admin

The event was attended by pro-European figures including Liberal Democrat peers, Tony Blair’s former spin doctor Alastair Campbell, and anti-Brexit campaign groups such as Best for Britain, People’s Vote, and Open Britain.

Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg commented on Mr Grieve’s attendance, saying: “Dominic should be careful about the company he keeps if he wishes to maintain his position that this is not about stopping Brexit.

“He is someone I trust and when he says he is not trying to frustrate Brexit I believe him but the people he is associating with are clear they do want to stop Brexit.

“If you sup with the devil you should use a long spoon and he is using an egg spoon.”

Mr Grieve was attending a meeting entitled Where Next for Brexit?, and its agenda was marked as “in confidence”.

The meeting was described as an “informal forum connecting the main operational UK pro-EU organisations and individuals”, and was held under the Chatham House Rule which allows for discussions to be held in private.

Mr Grieve’s attendance nevertheless drew sharp criticism from his colleagues, and many critics have accused him of attempting to derail Brexit.

Sir Bill Cash, the chairman of the Commons European scrutiny committee, said: “It’s clear that Mr Grieve is consorting with those people who are all intent on reversing Brexit.

“It makes his claim that he is trying to be helpful to the Government transparent nonsense.”

Former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith added: “I’m surprised if he is meeting with a whole load of people whose sole purpose is to stop Brexit when he has said it is not his intention to do so.”

And a senior ministerial source stated: “This is clear evidence that a certain group of MPs will stop at nothing to keep us in the EU.”

The meeting also drew sharp criticism from Mr Rees-Mogg, who noted that it was “completely improper” for the European Commission to allow its properties “to be used in a domestic political controversy”.

He said: “We fund the EU and it should not use our money to interfere in our domestic affairs.”

However, Mr Grieve rejected the criticism, and stated the meeting had been organised “a long time ago”.

He said: “They asked me to go along and explain something about what was going on in Parliament, just as I go and talk to all sorts of groups.

“If I was invited by an audience that was interested in the issue that were Leavers I would go as well.

“We live in a democratic country where people engage with all sorts of people.”

Mr Grieve nevertheless led a group of 13 rebel Tory MPs who forced the Prime Minister into offering compromises ahead of the House of Commons votes on the Lords’ amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill on Tuesday.

The rebel MPs threatened to back the Lords’ amendments to secure a “meaningful vote” on the final Brexit deal for MPs in a bid to allow Parliament to stop a no-deal outcome.

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