BREAKING: Conservative leadership frontrunner Boris Johnson summonsed to court to answer for ‘misleading’ Brexit claims

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SUMMONED: Campaigners accuse Johnson of misleading the public during the 2016 EU referendum. CREDIT: Shutterstock


BORIS JOHNSON, the current favourite to succeed Theresa May as Conservative leader, is set to appear in court in connection with claims he made during the 2016 Brexit referendum campaign.

Westminster Magistrates Court ruled there was a proper case against the former Foreign Secretary over his claim that Britain sent more than €396 million a week to Brussels. The claims have since been discredited including by the head of Britain’s Statisics Authority.

The Brexit Justice campaign, organised by Marcus Ball, instructed a barrister to present a 48,000-word document with evidence against Johnson after raising more than €226,000 through a crowdfunding campaign.

Westminster Magistrates Court said Johnson would now have to appear for a preliminary hearing. Johnson is yet to comment on the proceedings which continue.

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