[ Diretor: Mário Frota [ Coordenador Editorial: José Carlos Fernandes Pereira [ Fundado em 30-11-1999 [ Edição III [ Ano XII

quinta-feira, 2 de novembro de 2017

UK investigates Brexit campaign funding amid speculation of Russian meddling

Nigel Farage, British Member of the European Parliament and former leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) listens to a speech about the Preparation of the European Council of 22 and 23 June 2017, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, 14 June 2017.
[Patrick Seeger / EPA]

Arron Banks, a major donor to the anti-EU campaign who was pictured with Donald Trump and leading Brexiteer Nigel Farage outside a gilded elevator soon after Trump’s 2016 US presidential election victory, denied the allegations.

The Electoral Commission, which is already looking at whether Banks’ pro-Brexit Leave.EU group received any impermissible donations, said its new investigation would examine whether he was the true source of loans to a campaigner.

The investigation cannot overturn the referendum, though Banks, a 51-year-old insurance tycoon, said it was an attempt by the “Remain establishment” to discredit the Brexit result.

“Complete bollocks”, “not a sausage”

“Allegations of Brexit being funded by the Russians…are complete bollocks from beginning to end,” Banks said in an emailed statement, signing off “nostrovia”, a version of “na zdorovye”, Russian for “cheers!”.

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