'The European Parliament’s Brexit chief has accused one of Theresa May’s closest allies of spreading “far-right, Kremlin-sponsored conspiracy theories”, after he co-authored a front page article attacking financier George Soros.
Guy Verhofstadt said the piece by Ms May’s former advisor Nick Timothy in The Daily Telegraph, which accused Jewish businessman Mr Soros of a “secret plot” to thwart Brexit, had no place in a mainstream newspaper.
He went on to say the article would have delighted Hungary’s authoritarian prime minister Viktor Orban who, along with Vladimir Putin’s allies, has consistently peddled claims Mr Soros has meddled in sovereign European nations.
The row reached Downing Street on Thursday, with Mr Timothy still said to have the ear of Ms May and a guiding hand on her policy ideas.
The article he wrote set out Mr Soros’s involvement in the anti-Brexit Best for Britain campaign group, and then went on to repeat claims that the businessman has been “interfering in the democracies of several European nations”.
Mr Verhofstadt told The Independent: “It’s sad to see far-right, Kremlin-sponsored conspiracy theories about George Soros ‘meddling’ in the internal affairs of countries now being rolled out by a mainstream UK newspaper.'
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