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Leave campaign broke election law but won’t be prosecuted, police say

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Insurance tycoon Arron Banks has known as for the resignation of Electoral Commission head (Picture: PA)

Police won’t be taking any additional motion in opposition to the Leave.EU campaign over ‘technical breaches’ of electoral law, Scotland Yard mentioned.

The Met Police mentioned there’s ‘insufficient evidence’ to justify any additional prison investigation into the campaign, based by Arron Banks and spearheaded by Nigel Farage.

The drive made the choice after receiving recommendation from the Crown Prosecution Service following a referral from the Electoral Commission August 5.

Leave.EU was fined £70,000 by the Electoral Commission in May final yr for offences dedicated underneath electoral law, following the regulator’s investigation into group’s funding and spending throughout the EU referendum.

The Electoral Commission mentioned the group incorrectly reported what it spent on the EU referendum, together with failing to incorporate at the very least £77,380 in its spending return.

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Nigel Farage, leader of the Brexit Party, reacts after being elected as a Member of the European Parliament at the European Parliamentary elections count center in Southampton, U.K., on Sunday, May 27, 2019. Brexit wrought more havoc on Britains main political parties in European Parliament elections, with both Conservatives and Labour scoring their worst results in decades as voters opted for parties with clear pro- and anti-European Union messages. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Nigel Farage spearheaded the Brexit campaign (Picture: Getty Images)

They mentioned this meant the group exceeded the spending restrict for non-party registered campaigners by at the very least 10 per cent.

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An announcement from the Met mentioned: ‘It is obvious that while some technical breaches of electoral law have been dedicated by Leave.EU in respect of the spending return submitted for his or her campaign, there’s inadequate proof to justify any additional prison investigation.

‘Leave.EU’s accountable person has been has been instructed that they’ll face no additional police motion.’

They mentioned investigations into the spending returns of Vote Leave and BeLeave have been ongoing.

Commander Alex Murray, of Central Specialist Crime, mentioned: ‘It was right to investigate the allegation, however following detailed enquiries it became apparent that the nature of potential breaches of the regulations, the criminal standard of proof required in court and the actions taken by Leave.EU to adhere to the regulations, mean that it is now appropriate to take no further action.’

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Mr Banks additionally known as for DCMS chairman Damian Collins to step down (Picture: REX)

In a press release, Leave.EU chairman Mr Banks known as for the resignation of the top of the Electoral Commission.

He accused the regulator of ‘disgraceful political collusion’ with the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) committee and a number of other distinguished remain-backing MPs.

Mr Banks mentioned the probe demonstrates a ‘serious abuse of public office’ and mentioned he will be demanding a ‘full public inquiry investigation into their actions’.

He added: ‘We will be writing to the Prime Minster in the present day demanding a public inquiry into the actions of the Electoral Commission.

‘I am today calling for the resignation of [DCMS chairman] Damian Collins and the CEO of Electoral Commission as a result of today’s information.’

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‘The Electoral Commission have serious questions to answer about political bias and whether it is fit for purpose as a regulator.’

He mentioned the probe had taken a ‘huge personal toll’ on Leave.EU chief govt Liz Bilney and her household, and accused ‘anti-Brexit’ MPs of ‘harassment and lies’.

Mr Banks mentioned the Metropolitan Police have been skilled and thorough.

He added: ‘They spent many hours investigating our case and they should be commended for doing a difficult job in a difficult political climate. They remained impartial and operated with complete integrity.’

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