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Tony Blair and Peter Mandelson secretly ‘pulling the strings’ in plot to sabotage Brexit

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The former Labour Prime Minister and the ex-EU commissioner are believed to have been at the centre of MPs’ plot to block a no deal Brexit on October 31 through a change in the law last week. A source said: “Blair and Mandelson are pulling the strings. 

“Mandelson is the puppet master, he has had meetings via proxy with all the parties involved in the Remain alliance and sends emails with ideas.

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“Blair’s people have been speaking to Jo Swinson’s people.”

A source within the Remain camp told The Telegraph Lord Mandelson has been an “outspoken supporter of the People’s Vote”.

He sent representatives every week to the Tuesday meetings of the Remain alliance at the EU Commission building in Westminster’s Smith Square.

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Another source also claimed Mr Blair’s former special adviser Lance Price held meetings with Ms Swinson’s staff, even though the Lib Dem leader was not there in person.

Mr Price said yesterday he was “not directly involved” with the Remain alliance.

He said: “I’m just an interested observer”.

The Lib Dems announced this week they would campaign for Article 50 to be revoked at the next election.

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A Lib Dem source said: “She’s trying to create clear yellow water between her and Labour now that Labour are backing Remain.

“She wants to be seen as the paramilitary wing of Remain because internal polling and focus groups have shown that the Lib Dems are losing a bit of ground to Labour on the issue.

“She doesn’t want the party to be squeezed out by the two main parties.

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“She thinks that a Corbyn’s unelectability, the uncertainty around Brexit and the current parliamentary arithmetic could result in it all falling into her lap.

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“She thinks there’s a small chance she could end up being Prime Minister.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called for a general election 50 times this year, the Telegraph reported.

But he voted against motions to hold a snap election on October 15 last week and on Monday.

This was because he wanted to support the motion once the Benn bill had received royal assent.

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But he may have been pressured by former shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer and other Blairites to not support an election until after the Prime Minister was forced to seek a delay to Article 50 until January 31.

Mr Blair warned Mr Corbyn that an election before October 31 would be “an elephant trap”.

He said: “Boris Johnson knows that if a no-deal Brexit stands on its own as a proposition, it might well fail.

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“But if he mixes it up with the Brexit pledge and the Corbyn question together in a general election, he could succeed, despite a majority being against a no-deal Brexit because some may fear a Corbyn premiership more.

“If the government tries to force an election now, Labour should vote against it.”

Tony Blair and Peter Mandelson secretly ‘pulling the strings’ in plot to sabotage Brexit

The former Labour Prime Minister and the ex-EU commissioner are believed to have been at the centre of MPs’ plot to block a no deal Brexit on October 31 through a change in the law last week. A source said: “Blair and Mandelson are pulling the strings.

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