THERESA MAY’s public ambivalence over Brexit is thought to have helped her secure the keys to Downing Street, but a leak of secret remarks she made to a group of investment bankers show that she was very much against Britain leaving the EU.
She warned City bankers from Goldman Sachs that companies would simply leave Britain if Brexit came to pass and expressed fears that security and intelligence sharing operations would suffer.
“I think the economic arguments are clear,” she said in the recording. “I think being part of a 500-million trading bloc is significant for us. I think, as I was saying to you a little earlier, that one of the issues is that a lot of people will invest here in the UK because it is the UK in Europe.
“If we were not in Europe, I think there would be firms and companies who would be looking to say, do they need to develop a mainland Europe presence rather than a UK presence? So I think there are definite benefits for us in economic terms.”
The remarks were made on May 26, roughly a month before the referendum at a time when David Cameron’s closest aides suspected she might be a Trojan Horse for the Brexiteers, feigning a preference to remain but sabotaging Cameron’s campaign with unhelpful silence.