Government Departments Help Launch Hard-Brexit Thinktank, Emails Show

Source: Desmog UK

 

How cosy is the relationship between free market ideologues pushing for greater deregulation and the government? Very, it turns out.

The IFT (formerly the Institute for Free Trade), a hard-Brexit thinktank tied to the UK’s climate science denial network enjoyed strong support from two government departments ahead of its launch at the Foreign Office at the end of last year, internal emails show.

The IFT describes itself as a “private, not-for-profit, non-partisan research foundation” advocating “unrestricted commerce both with the EU and with the rest of the world”.

It is based at 57 Tufton Street, sharing an office with the anti-renewables thinktank the Centre for Policy Studies, and next door to organisations at the heart of a UK climate science denial network working out of 55 Tufton Street.

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