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Cloisters barristers instructed in action over EU Referendum campaign expenses

A group of politicians and parliamentarians are taking the first steps in a legal action against the Metropolitan Police in regards to electoral offences committed during the June 2016 EU referendum.

In 2017 the Electoral Commission published reports in which they found that individuals involved in the June 2016 European Union referendum campaign had broken electoral law. In their report, the Electoral Commission concluded that electoral offences had been committed by three individuals and three campaign groups and referred the matter to the Metropolitan Police in 2018. To date, no decision has been reached as to whether charges should be brought.

The individuals bringing the claim, who include Ben Bradshaw MP, Tom Brake MP, Baroness Jenny Jones of Moulsecoomb, Caroline Lucas MP and Fiona Mactaggart MP have expressed concerns about the delay and have said “The public are entitled to know without delay the extent of any criminal law-breaking that took place in the run-up, during and after the EU Referendum campaign.”

Schona Jolly QC and Ruaraidh Fitzpatrick of Cloisters and Jo Cecil of Garden Court have been instructed alongside a legal team from Bindmans LLP led by Saimo Chahal QC.

See more about this news here: Bindmans, The Guardian and The Independant.

The group is seeking fundraising support for the case on the CrowdJustice platform. You can visit the Crowd Justice Fundraising page here.