Theresa May admits she knew about Leave rule flout before Article 50

Theresa May admits she knew about Leave rule flout before Article 50

The confession came in response to a high court challenge to the Brexit vote being pursued by British citizens living in France, Italy and Spain.

The expats want to stop the UK leaving the EU, and went to the courts after the Electoral Commission found “beyond a reasonable doubt” that Vote Leave and BeLeave broke the law during the 2016 referendum campaign by exceeding spending limits.

They argue that the conduct of the Brexit backing campaigners should nullify the result.

But May’s lawyer says their argument is “unsustainable”.

In his submission to the court, which was released by the Brits abroad, Joseph Barrett of 11KBW chambers says: “At the time the decision to give article 50 notice was taken, it was a matter of public record that campaigners may have breached campaign finance requirements, and other requirements, during the EU referendum campaign.

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Brexit: May knew leave campaigners may have broken financial rules

Brexit: May knew leave campaigners may have broken financial rules

Theresa May knew leave campaigners may have breached financial limits during the EU referendum campaign when she triggered article 50 initiating Brexit, her lawyers have admitted.

In a formal response to a high court challenge over the legitimacy of the vote, lawyers for the prime minister have been attempting to dismiss the action brought by Britons living in France, Italy and Spain.

By suggesting flaws in the referendum process were already anticipated, Joseph Barrett, the barrister who wrote the response, has implied there was nothing new for the court to investigate.

The rival submissions and responses were released on Monday by lawyers acting for the organisation UK in EU, which had crowdfunded the legal challenge.

Its claim argued that the Electoral Commission’s findings on BeLeave and Vote Leave, which resulted in two officials being reported to the police and fines being imposed, mean the 2016 EU referendum was not a lawful, fair or free vote.

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Sue Wilson, la británica que desafía a May desde Alcossebre: “Habrá otro referéndum”

Sue Wilson, la británica que desafía a May desde Alcossebre: “Habrá otro referéndum”

Susan Wilson enseña en varias ocasiones su teléfono móvil, sentada en la terraza en la que se desarrolla la entrevista frente a la playa del Cargador de Alcossebre (Castellón). “Mira. En apenas cuatro horas hemos recaudado casi 9.000 libras. El objetivo era recoger 10.000 libras el primer mes para poder empezar a pagar a los abogados”.

Wilson es la presidenta de Bremain in Spain, un movimiento de expatriados británicos repartidos por toda España que rechaza la salida del Reino Unido de la Unión Europea, que ya suma más de 5.000 integrantes en su grupo de Facebook y que ha convertido las redes sociales y la plataforma de videconferencias Skype en su sala de reuniones.

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Brits in Spain, Italy and France launch Brexit legal challenge

Brits in Spain, Italy and France launch Brexit legal challenge

A group of British citizens living in EU countries has launched a court challenge to stop Brexit. The group took legal action after the UK Electoral Commission found “beyond any reasonable doubt” that Vote Leave, one of the groups supporting the British exit from the European Union, broke the law during the referendum campaign by exceeding spending limits. The claimants argue that the conduct of Leave organisations should nullify the result of the vote and, therefore, the notification of the UK withdrawal from the EU.

The case is brought by Elinore Grayson and John Shaw, who are based in France, Carole-Anne Richards from Italy and Sue Wilson from Spain. They have formed the group “UK in EU Challenge” and are now fundraising to cover the legal fees. Sue Wilson (photo) is the lead claimant and chair of Bremain in Spain, a group campaigning to protect the rights of British citizens in EU countries. Unlike other groups, Bremain in Spain do not take a neutral standing on the EU referendum. They believe that the best way to protect people’s rights is to stop Brexit and stay in the EU. They also support the campaign calling for a vote on the final Brexit deal, a position that has recently been endorsed by the coalition of British in Europe.

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Britons living in the EU launch fresh legal challenge against Brexit

Britons living in the EU launch fresh legal challenge against Brexit

British expatriates based in the European Union have launched a legal challenge against the 2016 referendum on the United Kingdom leaving the 28-member bloc, arguing that the British government should declare the vote null and void due to “cheating” on the part of the Leave campaign.

The lead claimant in the UK in EU Challenge group is the chair of the Bremain in Spain forum, Sue Wilson, who has been campaigning constantly in the last two years against “Brexit,” as the process of the UK leaving the EU is known.

Recent findings have called into question as to whether the referendum was conducted in accordance with the UK’s constitutional requirements

SUE WILSON, BREMAIN IN SPAIN

Writing in a Bremain in Spain newsletter, Wilson states that “recent findings by the Electoral Commission of illegal conduct by the Leave campaign during the 2016 EU Referendum have called into question as to whether the referendum was conducted in accordance with the UK’s constitutional requirements.”

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