Reuters LONDON (Reuters) — Britain’s Electoral Commission imposed a record-matching £70,000 ($95,000) fine on Friday on one of the main groups that campaigned for Brexit, and said police might have to investigate possible criminal offences because of unreported campaign spending.
The Leave.EU campaign said it would challenge the finding that it had breached a spending limit by failing to declare at least £77,380 ($105,000). It said the alleged breaches were minor and the report proved there was no “big conspiracy” around the Brexit vote.
The documented breaches of electoral law could still fuel demands from opponents of Brexit for a rerun of the 2016 referendum. The commission said it was enforcing the rules without suggesting the breach had altered the result.
“These are serious offences,” said Bob Posner, the Electoral Commission’s director of political finance and regulation. “Leave.EU exceeded its spending limit and failed to declare its funding and its spending correctly.”Speech