Published: Fri, November 02, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Nigel Farage's Fiery Response To Leave.EU Investigation

Nigel Farage's Fiery Response To Leave.EU Investigation

The Electoral Commission also referred Leave.EU, its chief executive, Elizabeth Bilney, and the organisation that ran it, Better for the Country, to the NCA after carrying out a review.

Nigel pointed out that he has had his battles with the electoral commission, claiming that they tried to close UKIP down as a political force while ignoring donations to the liberal democrats.

In July, a United Kingdom parliamentary committee said it was "unclear" where Banks had obtained the money he donated to the Leave campaign and whether he had "profited from business deals arising from meetings arranged by Russian officials".

"Our investigation has unveiled evidence that suggests criminal offences have been committed which fall beyond the remit of the Commission".

It said it had "reasonable grounds" to suspect that Banks was not the true source of the £8-million loans made to BFTC.

"Our investigation relates to suspected electoral law offences covered by that referral, as well as any associated offences".

As it was a "live investigation", it said no more details were available.

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This is, for now at least, the core allegation against Banks, and what the electoral commission means when it says Banks was "not the true source" of the funds: it is not (yet) accusing Banks of acting as a front for someone else, but rather saying he dishonestly funded pro-leave campaigns from a company which could not legally do so.

But the Britons who favoured remaining with the European Union have called for a rerun of the vote, alleging the campaign to leave the bloc was marred by financial improprieties and possible foreign - or even Russian - funding for the campaign.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid has previously said Banks' connections to Russian Federation were being examined "very seriously" by the government, amid allegations there had been an attempt to undermine United Kingdom democracy.

They "significantly and deliberately overspent, using the overspend to pay for highly effective Facebook ads in the last days of the campaign", he said.

Damian Collins, chair of the Digital Culture Media and Sport parliamentary committee which is investigating disinformation and fake news, welcomed the NCA investigation.

It said the probe focused on £2m sum of money which was reportedly loaned to Better for the Country by Mr Banks and his companies, as well as £6m from Mr Banks which was reported to have been given to the Better for the Country via Leave.EU - and ultimately intended for Leave.EU's referendum spending.

"He failed to satisfy us that his own donations had, in fact, come from sources within the UK. The concern will be - we raised concerns in our report of the nature of Banks' dealings with the Russians".

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