After Jacob Rees-Mogg accused the EU of acting like the Mafia, the criticism is reflected back on him by evidence gathered together in a new website called The Brexit Syndicate, which is launched today by Bristol's Green MEP, Molly Scott Cato.
Following shocking revelations contained in the Bad Boys of Brexit website, launched by Molly Scott Cato earlier this year, the Green MEP has now turned her attention towards the ‘murky network of powerful and secretive organisations’ that are ‘rewriting the rules of British democracy.’ She has gathered these organisations together in a new website, The Brexit Syndicate, which reveals how they have set about attacking free elections, free speech and pushing an extreme free trade agenda. Commenting on the launch of the Brexit Syndicate website, Molly Scott Cato said:
“These shady organisations who drove the campaign to leave the EU, wasted no time in organising to gain the maximum advantage for themselves and their causes in the wake of the Brexit vote. From privatisation and co-option of national governments, they have moved on to writing the rules of global capitalism in favour of the 1%. In doing so, they plan to use trade treaties to eliminate the standards and protections politicians have fought for over the past four decades, subverting the democratic process to ensure it works for the few, rather than the many.”
The European Research Group (ERG), headed up by Jacob Rees-Mogg, is one of the groups featured on the website. Others include the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), the Initiative for Free Trade  and far-right media outlets, as well as various tabloid newspapers.
Dr Scott Cato said:
“Rees-Mogg accuses the EU or behaving like the Mafia in its negotiations with the UK. But as we expose in this website, it is actually the Brexit side that is driven by a secretive cabal of powerful and interconnected organisations.
“The ERG is just one of a host of extremist organisations who are exercising extraordinary influence over government policy and who are seeking to manipulate our political system to their own advantage and to the detriment of the vast majority of UK citizens.”