Brexit: Arron Banks challenged over Leave.EU funds

Cornelia Mascio
Novembre 7, 2018

Banks is being investigated by the National Crime Agency (NCA) after his case was referred to it by the Electoral Commission, which said there were reasonable grounds to suspect Banks was "not the true source" of £8mn given to the Leave.EU campaign.

The Electoral Commission concluded that Banks was not the true source of the £8mn in loans provided to the Leave.EU referendum campaigns; that the lending involved a non-qualifying or impermissible company - Rock Holdings Ltd - based in the Isle of Man; and that Banks, Bilney and others concealed the true details of the financial transactions.

Funding provided in late 2015 and early 2016 was diverted to two main groups Leave.EU and Better for the Country Limited [BFTC].

Pressed on how Rock Services could generate the £8m when it is listed as a non-trading company, Banks said the cash came from the insurance business of Rock Services and that all Leave funds were generated by UK-listed companies.

When asked about the origin of the funds, Banks said: "I certainly won't be showing you".

Mr Banks said there was "no Russian money and no interference" as he told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show that all the money came from a UK-registered.

Businessman Arron Banks has been challenged to explain where the money for his Brexit campaign came from.

A millionaire credited with bankrolling Brexit said he would now vote for the United Kingdom to remain in the European Union because of the "disgraceful behaviour of the Government".

He accused "vicious MPs" and journalists of trying to undermine the Brexit process. "It was generated out of insurance business written in the United Kingdom".

Banks, who calls himself a 'bad boy of Brexit, ' has been the focus of intense speculation about the legality of anti-EU campaigning and the Brexit vote as whole.

Conservative MP and chairman of the culture media and sport committee, Damian Collins, told The Observer the leaked e-mails appeared to "flatly contradict" what Mr Banks had told his committee in June.

"The Electoral Commission has made a public statement without producing any evidence", he said.

The Electoral Commission referred the case, about potential spending offences during the 2016 referendum campaign on European Union membership, to the agency.

Mr Banks was asked by Andrew Marr why he wrote to Mr Collins' constituents calling him a "snake in the grass".

Collins told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that Banks' TV appearance had gone "not very far" in establishing the facts.

The insurance mogul also told the BBC that Leave.EU had received no Russian money, following last week's launch of a criminal investigation into £8million of donations and loans he gave the group.

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