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