Campaigner loses bid to take £350 million Brexit bus claim to Supreme Court

STAFFORD, ENGLAND - MAY 17: Boris Johnson MP, Labour MP Gisela Stuart and UKIP MP Douglas Carswell address the people of Stafford in Market Square during the Vote Leave, Brexit Battle Bus tour on May 17, 20016 in Stafford, England. Boris Johnson and the Vote Leave campaign are touring the UK in their Brexit Battle Bus. The campaign is hoping to persuade voters to back leaving the European Union in the Referendum on the 23rd June 2016. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Boris Johnson used to be accused of misconduct in public place of job over the claims made at the Brexit bus (Picture: Getty)

A campaigner who attempted to prosecute Boris Johnson over his claim that the United Kingdom sends £350 million per week to the EU has misplaced a bid to take the combat to the Supreme Court.

Marcus Ball has been pursuing a non-public prosecution in opposition to the brand new Prime Minister, claiming he many times and knowingly lied throughout the Brexit referendum.

In May, a district pass judgement on dominated the Tory chief had to pass to courtroom to resolution 3 allegations of misconduct in public place of job.

The case centred around the ‘Brexit bus’ which used to be emblazoned with the slogan ‘We send the EU £350 million a week, let’s fund our NHS as a substitute.’

That choice via the district pass judgement on used to be dominated ‘unlawful’ and quashed via High Court judges at a listening to the next month.

FILE PHOTO: Campaigner Marcus Ball speaks to the media outside the Royal Courts of Justice after losing a case against Boris Johnson, in London, Britain, June 7, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/File Photo
Campaigner Marcus Ball has vowed to proceed the combat, pronouncing he needs to make sure that elected officers can’t lie to the general public (Picture: PA)

Mr Ball’s criminal staff sought after to pass to the Supreme Court for permission to enchantment the High Court choice.



Today, that utility used to be thrown out via Lady Justice Rafferty – some of the High Court judges who quashed the unique choice.

Businessman Mr Ball mentioned the most recent criminal transfer would now not forestall him proceeding the combat to make certain the general public ‘cannot be lied to.’

However he mentioned he faces monetary break after spending ‘in excess of £200,000’ preventing the case.

Mr Ball added: ‘This isn’t over, we don’t seem to be giving up. We are pursuing it, completely.’

File photo dated 11/05/16 of former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who will be summonsed to court to face accusations of misconduct in public office over claims he was lying when he said the UK gave the EU ??350 million a week. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday May 29, 2019. The favourite to win the Tory leadership race faces a private prosecution by campaigner Marcus Ball. See PA story COURTS Johnson. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
A district pass judgement on dominated in May that Boris Johnson might be summonsed to courtroom however that used to be overturned via the High Court (Picture: PA)

He persisted: ‘Today my religion within the preferrred that each one people are handled similarly below the regulation has been shattered.

‘It is being concerned and extremely harmful to society that our courts have apparently sanctioned the misuse of standing, alternative and affect.

‘It is a inexperienced mild for all public place of job holders to lie.

‘It is a inexperienced mild for the Prime Minister to lie.

‘Police officers, army officers, judges, prison officers and all elected representatives are now legally permitted, under this ruling, to lie to the public.’

Lady Justice Rafferty gave no explanation why as to why Mr Ball and his staff’s utility to pass to the Supreme Court used to be rejected.

She has prior to now mentioned the ‘problem of false statements in the course of political campaigning is not new’ however, she added, there are already regulations in position to maintain political statements that move the edge into ‘illegal practice.’

Campaigner Marcus Ball arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice over allegations against Former British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, in London, Britain, June 7, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Marcus Ball mentioned he has spent ‘in excess of £200,000’ at the criminal case to this point (Picture: Reuters)

Mr Ball, who has crowdfunded the prosecution with 15,000 supporters, nonetheless has quite a few criminal routes open to him.



He can observe without delay to the Supreme Court to pay attention his enchantment, pass to the European Courts or try a contemporary prosecution.

Mr Ball and his staff had been making an attempt a criminal first in prosecuting a sitting MP over ‘lying to the public.’

Misconduct in a public place of job is a commonplace regulation offence the place the utmost prison time period is existence.

The campaigner mentioned he seemed into statements made via all sides throughout the Brexit referendum and the case used to be now not about preventing our go out from the EU.

Mr Johnson at all times denied he acted in an irrelevant or cheating method and his criminal staff argued the case used to be ‘politically motivated.’



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