The MOP-TOPPED billionaire Richard Branson has forked out thousands to help fund an anti-Brexit campaign.
The Virgin boss has also sent one of his top execs to team up with a leading ally of europhile ex-PM Tony Blair to try to stop Britain leaving the EU.
First revealed by The Sun in November, Branson has pledged to support a pro-EU group that is due to launch when Theresa May triggers Article 50 Brexit negotiations in March.
Virgin chairman Peter Norris has been dispatched to lead the campaign along with Alan Milburn, former Health Secretary under Blair.
The former Labour leader has himself been linked to the new campaign, although his spokespeople have strongly denied it.
EU-luvvie Branson, who lives in the British Virgin Islands tax haven, has been vocal in his support for a second referendum, saying voters have “shot themselves in the foot” by opting for Leave.
He has given office space and £25,000 to help start up the group, called UK-EU Open Policy Limited.
A note penned by Milburn and seen by The Sun said: “Virgin… are keen to help… Since we last spoke [they] have offered a further £25K, plus bigger office space, help with legal advice and a possible secondment.”
Mega-rich supporters Sir Clive Cowdrey, the insurance tycoon, and private equity boss Stephen Peel have also been listed as backers of the new group, according to Companies House papers seen by the Daily Mail.
Tory MP Peter Bone slammed Branson and his “Establishment” chums for attempting to “thwart exiting the EU”.
A Virgin Management spokesman said: “Virgin is a strong believer that Britain’s membership of the EU brings benefits to our economy and country.”