UK’s Leave campaign violated campaign funding rules

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Former Mayor of London Boris Johnson poses as he launches the Vote Leave Bus Tour in St Austell, Cornwall, Britain, 11 May 2016.

UK’s Leave campaign violated campaign funding rules


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The UK Electoral Commission has found that the official campaign to leave the European Union is guilty of funding violations, the BBC reported on Wednesday.

Challenged by the Scottish National Party (SNP) in parliament to comment on the leaked report on, prime minister Theresa May refused on the grounds that she had not seen it.

The Vote Leave campaign is the source of the leaked report, the Electoral Commission argues. Vote Leave is primarily accused of exceeding spending limits, although the Irish press also reported on the financing of the Leave campaign by foreign secret services.

In June 23, 2016, 51,9% of the UK electorate or 17,4 million people voted to leave the European Union.

A former member of the Leave campaign alleges the campaign donated €708,000 (£625,000) to an apparently proxy campaign called BeLeave. There is now evidence to suggest that the two campaigns were, in fact, one, as the two groups cooperated and had a “common plan.” Evidence includes email coordination between the campaigns.

Vote Leave argue that because they were reaching campaign limits they mainly suggested to donors to divert funding to a friendly campaign.

Vote Leave has seen a number of whistleblowers, including Christopher Wylie who is calling for a second referendum. The former chief executive of the Vote Leave campaign Matthew Elliot told Sky News that the report leaked to the press was not balanced. Elliot has submitted a 500-page dossier to the Electoral Commission that counter the allegations.

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