CONSERVATIVE rebel MP Dominic Grieve has been accused of attempting to derail Brexit after being spotted attending a meeting of anti-Brexit campaigners at the European Commission’s Smith Square headquarters in London on Tuesday evening.
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.