PRO-BREXIT business tycoons are set to confront top EU negotiator Michel Barnier and urge him to be less negative, it emerged today.
The Eurocrat agreed to meet with five British bosses to discuss the progress of Brexit after he repeatedly held summits with pro-EU politicians from the UK.
They will encourage him to ditch the “negativity and mistrust” which have dogged talks so far - and tell him that Brexit should be a “win-win” for both sides.
The news comes a day after Mr Barnier gave a downbeat speech warning Britain that trade talks could be derailed if we do not sign up to the whole slate of European rules.
The meeting will take place in Brussels later this month after being set up by British MEP Steven Woolfe, he announced today.
The former Ukip politician, who now sits as an independent, asked Mr Barnier for a meeting after the negotiator agreed to talk to Remainer grandees Ken Clarke, Nick Clegg and Lord Adonis.
During their chat last week, Mr Woolfe persuaded Mr Barnier that he should have a summit with pro-Brexit bosses so that he realises not all British businesses share the gloomy views of some outspoken figures.
The five tycoons who will attend the meeting have not been named but are believed to include Labour donor John Mills and former CBI boss Digby Jones.
The business chiefs will urge Mr Barnier to find a “win-win scenario” that benefits both the EU and Britain, Mr Woolfe said, adding: “We must work together to remove the negativity and mistrust.”
He said they will make the case for “a very positive view that Britain will do well outside of the European Union, but this will also be positive for the European Union going forwards.”
Mr Barnier has previously welcomed British opposition leaders including Jeremy Corbyn, Nicola Sturgeon and Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones to his Brussels HQ.
The meetings have prompted claims he is helping pro-EU politicians undermine the UK Government as it negotiates Brexit.