Remain campaign chief Lord Stuart Rose lifts lid on being 'marginalised' during Brexit fight

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10th November 2016

The former chair of the official campaign to keep Britain in the EU has spoken out about how he was “marginalised” early on by those who wanted to stick to 'Project Fear'.

Lord Stuart Rose said he always knew the Remain campaign would be a "dirty fight"
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Lord Stuart Rose said he agreed to take the helm of Britain Stronger in Europe after much “pleading” on the phone, but the desperation to have him on board did not last.

In an interview with City AM he revealed he was shunned by the doomed campaign shortly after getting the name of his organisation wrong four times in an interview with Sky News.

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“They told us they knew how to win these things and it was all controlled from the centre,” he told the paper.

“I was marginalised fairly early on, but I would have done anything they asked.”

He added: “I always knew it was going to be a dirty fight. I don’t regret it, but to be honest, businessmen should stick to business and politicians to politics.”

Lord Rose was also slammed by Brexit campaigners when he told a committee of MPs wages for workers would actually rise if Britain left the EU.

Today he insists: “I’ve never turned away from a challenge. At least if you stand up for what you believe in, you won’t live a life of regret for not speaking out.

“It is better to be punched on the nose than not get in the ring at all.”

10,000 BOTTLES OF WINE

Elsewhere in the interview Lord Rose revealed he owns more than 10,000 bottles of wine, branding himself “a drinker, not a collector”.

He added: “I don’t do drugs, I don’t do horses, I don’t do golf, but I do enjoy wine.”