High Court judge dumps UK expats’ case for annulling the referendum result

Published:  11 Dec at 6 PM
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Remain campaigners are devastated at the failure of their High Court challenge aimed at annulling the Brexit referendum result.

This week may be the worst ever for the UK expats whose crowdfunding brought the case to Britain’s High Court only to see it thrown out before even a full hearing by a judge who deemed it ‘wanting in merit’. Combined with the chaos in the British parliament and Theresa May’s manipulation to save her job, it’s no surprise that Britons in the EU are becoming more depressed by the day.

The High Court challenge was based on a claim of ‘corrupt and illegal’ practices allowed by the Vote Leave campaign, and argued that the already confirmed breaches of of campaign spending limits meant the referendum itself was not a ‘free and fair vote’. In addition, campaigners attacked Theresa May’s refusal to address the obvious illegality after the independent Electoral Commission had fined the Leave campaign after deciding their actions were illegal due to their continuing to spend after the limit had been reached two days before the vote. Campaigners had hoped to be able to bring evidence that Leave’s advertisements in the last two days before the referendum had reached many millions of voters during the crucial last days of the campaign. According to the campaigners, their evidence proves the influence paid for illegally was enough to convince on-the-fence voters to vote Leave.

In addition, they’d also hoped to be able to use an investigation by the National Crime Agency into suspicions of both Leave’s and Arron Banks’ ‘multiple criminal offences on behalf of the Leave campaign. Now that the judge has disallowed the case from being heard, it’s unsure how the British expats who brought the case thanks to their successful crowdfunding can have their voices heard, especially after the raucous scenes in the British parliament yesterday following May’s shock announcement cancelling today’s vote. One thing’s for sure, at this crucial point in the Brexit saga the calls for a second referendum are growing ever louder.
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