The Prime Minister David Cameron was plotting the campaign to keep Britain within the European Union (EU) even as he was assuring his own MPs and the country that he would recommend a leave vote if it was in Britain’s interest, a leaked letter has revealed.
The letter, sent from Serco boss Rupert Soames to Mr Cameron shows that he had already brought big businesses on board what would become ‘Project Fear’, asking them to include a warning over Brexit in their annual reports, knowing they would have to be filed before the June referendum date.Serco has contracts from European institutions worth over £130 million a year, yet denies that its support for the Remain campaign has anything to do with wanting to secure state contracts.
But Leave campaigners have said the correspondence proves Mr Cameron is “knee deep” in conspiracy.
At the last election Mr Cameron assured the British people that his recommendation on the EU referendum question would be based entirely on the outcome of a renegotiation of British membership of the EU, suggesting that he would recommend a vote to leave if the terms of membership were not radically altered.
He maintained this position right up until the culmination of the negotiations, telling his fellow MPs on 3 February: “The question is not could Britain succeed outside the European Union, it is how will we be most successful? How will Britain be most prosperous? How will we create the most jobs? … How will we be most secure? And I’ve always said the best answers to those questions can be found within a reformed European Union.
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