9 Downing Street
Our ref: DEX000746
21 November 2017
Dear Simon Ferrigno,
I refer to your request, where you asked:
1. What is the Legatum Institute's role in Brexit negotiations?
2. Who sanctioned this role within government?
3. Which Legatum staff are involved?
4. How many meetings have they had with ministers and the Prime Minister?
5. What was discussed at these meetings?
6. Have they taken part in meetings in Brussels as part of UK government
7. How many meetings?
8. What was discussed?
9. What formal reports and documents have been prepared by Legatum and used by
DEEU. I would also like to see copies of these document.
10. What is their formal role and contribution to discussions about Brexit and the UK’s
future with the British government?
11. What parliamentary oversight is there of this participation?
I can confirm the information you have requested in held in part by the Department for Exiting
the European Union (DExEU). For ease of reference, I have numbered your request.
1, 2, 3. I can confirm this information is not held by the Department, the Legatum Institute does
not have any role in exit negotiations.
4-5. The Department does not hold information on meetings between the Legatum Institute
and the Prime Minister and we cannot answer on behalf of the Prime Minister. We recommend
you direct any requests for meetings between external stakeholders and the Prime Minister to
10 Downing Street.
We are not required to provide this information with respect to DExEU Ministers under section
21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FoIA), which provides that information is exempt if
it is already in the public domain.
Information on meetings between the Legatum Institute and DExEU Ministers is published in
our transparency data and I have included a link to our most recent publication below:
ial Returns - April to June 2017 - Meetings.csv/preview
6, 7, 8. The Legatum Institute has not taken part in any meetings in Brussels as part of UK
9. In relation to part 9 of your request, we find this information lacks the necessary specificity
to bring the search criteria within the time and cost limits specified in section 12 of FoIA as the
inclusion of “formal...documents” includes all emails, briefing documents and reports produced
by the Legatum Institute. This would require us to search the personal and shared email and
file accounts of a significant number of staff across several teams to ensure we meet the
search criteria of the request. In order to bring your request within the limits of section 12, it
would be advisable to narrow the scope of your request to “formal reports” submitted to
Ministers and their Private Offices.
10-11. I can confirm the Legatum Institute does not have a formal role in the exit negotiations
and engages with the UK government as an external stakeholder. As such are not able to
answer part 11 of your request.
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