UK in EU Challenge asks Theresa May to reconsider her position on the referendum result
The Prime Minister has so far refused to act on the Challenge’s claims that illegal campaign spending during the Referendum campaign means the result cannot now be considered the ‘will of the people’ and, therefore, the Brexit process should be halted.
The National Crime Agency is expected to examine the source of Banks’s £8m donation to the Leave.EU campaign, the largest in UK political history.
On Tuesday, an Information Commissioner’s Office report confirmed that fines of up to £135k will be levied at the pro-Brexit Leave.EU campaign, as well as an insurance company owned by Banks, after both were proven to have breached data laws.
There are questions as to whether Mrs May blocked an investigation into the Leave.EU campaign donor during her time as Home Secretary. There are also questions re the failure of the Metropolitan Police to proceed with its investigation of Vote Leave’s potential criminal activity, citing “political sensitivities” as the reason.
The letter to the Prime Minister highlights some of the legal arguments to be presented at the oral hearing for the UK in EU Challenge, scheduled for Friday 7 December at the Royal Courts of Justice.
The government is expected to make submissions at the hearing, although not required to do so. It will be represented by First Treasury Counsel, Sir James Eadie QC, who appeared for the government in the 2016/17 Gina Miller Article 50 case.
Sue Wilson comments: “Since the Electoral Commission found Vote Leave guilty of breaking electoral law, we have taken steps to question the impact of those actions and to shed light on the issues. Now, almost daily, we have further revelations of wrongdoing. We have continued to question the government, yet it fails to respond. We, and the country, deserve some answers.”
She concludes: “We have heard all too frequently that Brexit is the ‘will of the people’. Based on the evidence now available, it cannot be said with any degree of certainty that the result would stand had the law not been broken. May can no longer be sure what the ‘will of the people’ was in June 2016, or indeed, what it is today.”
A copy of the letter can be viewed here:
Further documents can be accessed via the Claimants’ CrowdJustice page:
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