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UK in EU Challenge Solicitors Write to Prime Minister and Metropolitan Police Ahead of Court of Appeal Hearing

Lead claimant is Sue Wilson of Bremain in Spain

Royal Courts of Justice, London
Royal Courts of Justice, London
February 20, 2019, Valencia, Spain. Press Dispensary. With a Court of Appeal hearing due to take place on Thursday 21 February, solicitors for the UK in EU claimants, headed by Bremain in Spain's Sue Wilson ( (, have written to the Prime Minister to question once again the legitimacy of the Brexit referendum and ask her to consider extending the Article 50 process and/or holding another referendum.

The letter, issued by Croft Solicitors, references the parliamentary report ( ( ), published on Monday, which concluded that current electoral law isn't fit for purpose and that personal data concerning members of public was used by private companies, frequently in a political context, to influence their decisions.

During summer 2018, the Electoral Commission found the Leave Campaigns guilty of illegal overspending during the Brexit referendum campaign, resulting in a maximum possible fine and referrals to the Metropolitan Police and the National Crime Agency.

The claimants believe this latest report casts yet further doubt that the referendum represented the "democratic will of the people", which the Prime Minister has repeatedly stated as the sole basis of her decision to enact Article 50.

Croft Solicitors has also written to the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police to understand whether a scoping project into Leave campaign behaviour will result in a full criminal investigation.

Sue Wilson, UK in EU Challenge lead claimant and chair of Bremain in Spain, said: “New evidence has been popping up on a fairly regular basis, but the silence surrounding these wrongdoings and the subsequent investigations has been deafening."

“It’s because of the Leave’s campaigns’ misdeeds that our case against Theresa May is so important. We aim to prove that May’s decision to trigger Article 50 was flawed and should be declared invalid, based as it was on the result of an untrustworthy referendum. Vote Leave broke the law and, in doing so, seriously skewed the result. The Prime Minister believed that the narrow margin for Leave gave her a mandate to deliver Brexit, but that referendum result could not be trusted then and cannot be trusted now. We hope that the court will see it that way too.”

Rupert Croft, managing director of Croft Solicitors, which is acting for UK in EU Challenge, said: “There’s mounting evidence that reinforces our clients’ view that the legitimacy of the Referendum is open to considerable doubt."

“Our clients are concerned that there’s been serious manipulation of our electoral system, including by foreign interests hostile to the UK. They want the Prime Minister to take action in response to what’s been discovered and may yet be discovered by the National Crime Agency and the Metropolitan Police in their investigations.”

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Notes for editors
Bremain in Spain is a pro-European group campaigning to protect the rights of British migrants living and working in the European Union. The group believes the best way to guarantee the protection of all existing rights and freedoms is to #StopBrexit. It supports the #PeoplesVote campaign to give the public a final say on the Brexit deal. Bremain in Spain is a not-for-profit association headed by Chair, Sue Wilson, and run by a dedicated team of volunteers. It is a member of Britain for Europe, a partner of European Movement and one of a coalition of UK citizens’ groups, British in Europe.

Full background on the UK in EU Challenge is available here:

Copies of all relevant legal documents, including the latest letter to the Government Legal Department can be found here:

For further information please contact
Sue Wilson, Chair
Bremain in Spain
Jo Chipchase
Press Officer
Tel: + 34 696 056 328

Alastair Stewart
Deputy Press Officer
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