Britain’s chief Brexit negotiator was lobbied by a former Russian arms company executive at a key point in trade talks, newly disclosed letters reveal.
Alexander Temerko was trying to promote his £1.2 billion energy project and win assurances that the UK’s departure from the EU would not hinder the viability of the plan. The Ukrainian-born Conservative donor is the co-owner of Aquind, which proposes to connect the British and French power grids using an undersea cable.
The letters, released under freedom of information laws, reveal the extent of Temerko’s lobbying, targeting three other ministers as well as Lord Frost, the chief Brexit negotiator.
Alexander Temerko was trying to promote his £1.2 billion energy project
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It included a request for Kwasi Kwarteng, who as business secretary will determine whether the project receives planning approval, to