Lord Mandelson secretly offered to help Brussels in Brexit talks. In a letter to the European Commission’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, the Labour peer pledged his loyalty to the survival of the EU project.
He is a former EU commissioner and is in line for an annual pension of £35,000, even though he was in the role for less than 4 years. In return for this, Lord Mandelson must remain loyal to the EU, despite no longer working for them.
In the letter, obtained from the European Commission using Freedom of Information laws, Lord Mandelson suggested that they held private talks at a conference they both attended in Brussels in November.
He wrote: “I would welcome the opportunity to put some time aside for us to share some thoughts on the Brexit negotiations.
“As you know, I am deeply committed to the future of the EU as it strives for solidarity in the face of growing challenges from populist movements, geopolitics and a still recovering economy.
“I would be happy to brief you on the current pressures in British politics and share with you my assessment of how these will play out.”
Lord Mandelson added that he had already held discussions with Frans Timmermans, the European Commission’s First Vice-President.
Mr Barnier’s office was unable to arrange a meeting for the dates suggested by Lord Mandelson, but expressed his ‘sincere thanks’ for the offer and asked if it would be possible for them to meet at another time.
In April, Lord Mandelson was branded a traitor by opponents after he advised the EU to ignore the interests of Britain in Brexit negotiations.
He told a German newspaper: “Basically, one can only advise the Europeans one thing: Forget Great Britain and take care of your own interests.”
It is absolutely disgraceful for a British politician to put the EU before his own country. And as for being entitled to a guaranteed pension of £35,000 for just 4 years’ service, most pensioners who have worked hard all their lives don’t even get that! It’s another example of politicians and civil servants looking after themselves at our expense.
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