Deputy Assistant Commissioner John Yates is heading the Loans for Lordships investigation. He led the corruption enquiry Operation Russia in the early 90s which saw six serving detectives go down for long sentences. He is, as all senior policeman are nowadays, politically sensitive and was the Met’s representative in the de Menezes case, travelling to Brazil to meet the family. He has previous experience liaising with the F&CO, Cabinet Office and Home Office.
Guido has heard no suggestion that he is a man for a whitewash.
“This is, at its heart, a matter of public trust,” he told the PM, concluding: “I cannot reconcile the terms of the proposed deal with the promises we made to the country in our manifesto at the last election… I believe that the regulatory regime proposed for Northern Ireland presents a very real threat to the integrity of the United Kingdom. I cannot support an indefinite backstop arrangement, where the EU holds a veto over our ability to exit…”