So was this Dubai-backed think-tank be­hind let­ter?

The Mail on Sunday - - Brexit: The 'Soft Coup' -

GOV­ERN­MENT in­sid­ers be­lieve the John­son-Gove let­ter was writ­ten with ad­vice from the Tory Euro­pean Re­form Group, which in turn has close links with the Le­ga­tum In­sti­tute.

The think-tank, seen as Right of cen­tre, is run by Baroness Philippa Stroud, ex-aide to Brexit cheer­leader and for­mer Cab­i­net Min­is­ter Iain Dun­can Smith.

Ear­lier this year, Matthew El­liott, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the of­fi­cial Vote Leave cam­paign, joined as a se­nior fel­low.

The wealthy May­fair-based in­sti­tute is funded by a Dubai- based in­vest­ment bank. Some in­sid­ers be­lieve the ERG is us­ing the in­sti­tute’s re­sources to pro­vide a ‘shadow civil ser­vice’ on Brexit – to counter claims that most se­nior White­hall man­darins are ‘un­en­thu­si­as­tic’ about Brexit.

A spokesman for the in­sti­tute said: ‘The Le­ga­tum is po­lit­i­cally neu­tral, and has never pro­vided fund­ing to the ERG.’

One ERG mem­ber de­nied that the group ad­vised Gove and John­son.

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