‘Bad boy of Brexit’ Arron Banks ‘would now vote Remain’

Lloyd Doyle
November 7, 2018

Speaking to the BBC's Andrew Marr, Arron Banks, who last week was revealed to be under investigation by the National Crime Agency over an £8 million donation to the unofficial Leave.EU campaign, attacked the "disgraceful behaviour" of the government and suggested ministers in the "sewer" of British politics could not be trusted to deliver on the result of the 2016 referendum.

The Electoral Commission is not responding to Mr Banks' comments.

A major Brexit donor has denied claims that funding came from Russian Federation - and admitted the United Kingdom may have been better staying in the EU.

"And before we start I'd just to say absolutely for the record, there was no Russian money and no interference of any type". It's not selling products and services and generating cash.

On Sunday, Mr Banks denied fresh newspaper allegations that he might have misled parliament over links between one of his insurance companies and the Leave.EU campaign.

This would have made it an "impermissible" source of money under United Kingdom electoral law. That is still not clear.

At the time Watson asked: "Did (May) ask the security services to investigate?"

The "unprecedented" involvement of the NCA in the case was an important step because the agency was able to examine all financial records of Banks's businesses, including in areas outside United Kingdom jurisdiction such as the Isle of Man, said Mr Collins. "They're ex-MPs from the Labour Party, Liberals, they're all Remainers, they've made some horrendous statements on Brexit, including the chairman who said Brexit was a bunch of nonsense, one's called for a second, referendum, it's a political hit job" - prompting the journalist to repeat "I'm sorry to interrupt" three times before managing to change the subject. "But this isn't a question of what should be done about the referendum".

"It's important that the investigation goes ahead as quickly as possible and that Arron Banks is investigated".

"There are two issues here". He also highlighted the little-discussed role of multinational investment banking corporations in the funding of the official Remain campaign, and pointed to the anti-Brexit bias of the Electoral Commission itself, among other things.

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

Mr Banks denied Rock Services was a "shell company" that did not have sufficient funds to be the source of the money for Better for the Country (BFTC), which ran Leave.EU.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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