Business leaders and politicians from around the world are gearing up to attend another session of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, this week. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the event in the Swiss Alps and its theme is “Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World”. The annual economic gathering will run from today until January 24.
Among the attendees, there will be many former UK Prime Ministers; including Labour grandee Tony Blair, who last year appears to have meddled in the Brexit process.
According to a 2019 report by the EUobserver, secret documents showed that European Commissioner Pierre Moscovici, Tony Blair and Hungarian-US billionaire George Soros were plotting to force a second Brexit referendum.
Information about the talks, which centred around a plan to prevent the UK leaving the EU, was initially redacted from official reports of Davos meetings published by the European Commission.
Both Mr Blair and Mr Soros have worked consistently to prevent Brexit.
Some of the redacted lines censored the summary following the heading: “Soros and Blair: discussions with the two earliest backers of a ‘People’s Vote”.
However, the EUobserver obtained the briefing for Mr Moscovici ahead of their meeting, which gives a hint about the content of their discussions.
The two-page document started with a “scene setter”, preparing Moscovici for his meeting.
Mr Moscovici’s aides told their boss that a second Brexit vote should not be considered a “distant dream”.
The memo said: “Since you last saw Tony Blair in Davos a year ago, the position he is defending, a second referendum on Brexit, has gone from a distant dream to which few attached such credibility, to one of the most frequently talked about possible outcomes to the current impasse.”
The briefing note suggested that Mr Moscovici should have asked the former Labour Party Prime Minister a series of questions about possible routes MPs could take to force a second referendum.
The list of questions included: “What, in your view, happens to Theresa May if Parliament forces her hand and a second referendum is called?
“Does she finally step down?
“How optimistic are you that in case of a second vote, Remain would win this time?
“I know the demographics have shifted the odds in Remain’s favour, but aren’t you concerned about a backlash and a sense of betrayal? Won’t the campaign be even uglier than in 2016?”
Their meeting took place shortly after Mrs May’s withdrawal agreement suffered its historic first defeat in the House of Commons.
Boris Johnson’s triumph in the December 12 general election, though, means Britain will almost certainly leave the bloc at the end of January.