UK: Leading Brexit financier denies Russian money links
05 Nov 2018

Businessman Arron Banks has denied that there are any Russian ties to the money he donated to a campaign for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union.

Questions have arisen regarding the source of the £8 million he loaned to his Leave.EU campaign, an issue which has triggered the interest of the authorities in Britain, which forbids foreign donations to political campaigns.

Banks, who maintains his business provided the funding, told the Andrew Marr show:

“There was no Russian money and no interference of any type. I want to be absolutely clear about that,” he told the BBC‘s Andrew Marr show.

“The money came from Rock Services which was a UK limited company.”

His remarks come after the National Crime Agency (NCA) announced that it has launched an investigation into some entities as well as Banks and other individuals after a referral of material.

The NCA explained: “Our investigation relates to suspected electoral law offences covered by that referral, as well as any associated offences
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“While electoral law offences would not routinely fall within the NCA’s remit, the nature of the necessary inquiries and the potential for offences to have been committed other than under electoral law lead us to consider an NCA investigation appropriate in this instance.”

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