Leave campaigners Arron Banks and Andy Wigmore deny Russian Federation links

Evarado Alatorre
Junio 14, 2018

"It was when Trump won, there had to be reason he won and Brexit had happened".

It follows allegations over the weekend which claimed the Leave.EU founder held a series of undisclosed meetings with Russian embassy officials around the time of the referendum campaign.

Mr Banks then left the evidence session, without elaborating on who his pressing lunch engagement was with. He lashed out at politicians, the media and Chris Wylie, the Canadian whistle-blower at the centre of the controversy surrounding United Kingdom -based Cambridge Analytica and its use of personal data from more than 80 million Facebook accounts during the USA presidential election campaign.

Banks was attending the select committee inquiring into fake news, in the aftermath of the leak of a cache of emails belonging to him, Wigmore and others which suggested that his dealings with Russian Federation were far more extensive than previously thought.

Wigmore said he instigated the meeting at a UKIP conference and had since met Russian figures "many times".

He told MPs he held two lunches with London envoy Alexander Yakovenko, while a possible business deal involving six gold mines "fizzled out". EU's director of communications, were grilled by MPs about the campaign's use of "fake news" in the lead up to the vote.

The two witnesses said that when Wigmore emailed a journalist at the time to suggest Banks was in Russian Federation and unavailable, he was being mischievous and lying.

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"This whole fake news narrative stated to roll from it".

He also revealed he had lodged a complaint with the Electoral Commission about their investigation into him and Leave.EU, restricting what could be asked by the committee. The group's ads were seen by many as divisive and fear mongering.

The insurance tycoon and Mr Wigmore, Leave. "I respect your right to disagree with that and I know that you're all Remainers, you have a vested interest in trying to discredit the Brexit campaign". "If that's provocation or a lie, if you want to call it that, yeah". He added that nothing substantive was discussed during the meetings and that the second lunch came after the two men had met Mr. Trump in NY in the wake of his election victory in November, 2016.

But, Mr Banks described it as "complete nonsense" he was reporting back to the Russians on his meeting with Mr Trump. EU, but Mr Banks said the company was not involved with the Leave.

"Where's the evidence we took Russian money?" His three children are also dual citizens, he added. The law would incorporate all European Union laws into British laws, paving the way for the U.K.to pick and choose which laws to keep or amend. "We gave them a telephone number", Banks said.

Mr Collins said that he declared the tickets to watch Chelsea play Crystal Palace in the Register of Members' Interests, adding: "There were no inducements or offers, no shares in gold mines, nothing transpired at that football match which would give this inquiry cause for concern". They included Phillip Lee, a junior justice minister who resigned on Tuesday to support the Tory rebels. Ms. There have been suggestions that several Conservatives who don't support a hard Brexit would vote to keep the Lords' amendments.

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