Leave.EU fined £70k by electoral commission

The pro-Brexit campaign group Leave.EU have been fined £70,000 for breaches in the electoral law for the 2016 referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU.

Key figures of the group have also been referred to the police due to ‘reasonable grounds to suspect’ criminal offences have been committed, according to the Independent.

The Electoral Commission found that Leave.EU – the group backed by Nigel Farage and funded by Arron Banks– failed to include at least £77,380 in its spending return following the national vote.

It means that the organisation exceeding the legal spending limits ahead of the referendum, which saw the country back leaving the European Union.

Leave.EU co-founder Arron Banks called it a “politically motivated attack”.

Responding to the Electoral Commission’s findings, he said: “What a shambles, we will see them in court.”

The UK voted by 52% to 48% to leave the European Union in a referendum in June 2016. All groups had to ensure they met campaign spending rules and filed accurate returns under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000.

By Berk Bektas

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