National Crime Agency and Met must investigate alleged foreign collusion and illegal activity by Brexit campaign, says Green MEP

Molly has written to Lynne Owens, chief of the National Crime Agency, and to Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Neil Basu, seeking reassurances about investigations into allegations of ‘serious breaches of electoral law’, ‘criminal behaviour’ and ‘foreign influence’ connected with the campaign by Leave.EU, the organisation co-founded by Aaron Banks and supported by Nigel Farage.

The Electoral Commission’s inquiry into Leave.EU’s referendum campaign has already confirmed that the organisation ‘either knowingly or recklessly’ signed a false declaration on referendum expenses. The matter was handed over to the Metropolitan Police Service to investigate, but there has been no further update since. Commenting, Molly said:

“It is no exaggeration to say that the foundations of our democracy and the security of our nation are at risk. There is substantial reason to believe that there was foreign influence in the referendum campaign as well as serious breaches of electoral law committed by Leave.EU.

“We need the National Crime Agency to work with the secret services to carry out an investigation into foreign collusion and we need any illegal activity by Brexit campaigners to be the subject of investigation by the Met. If the mandate for the decision to leave the EU was won on the basis of fraud and illegal activities, the public have a right to know and those responsible need to be brought before the courts.”