Court throws out case against Boris Johnson’s ‘misleading’ Brexit referendum claims

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THROWN OUT: Johnson made the claims during the 2016. Credit: Shutterstock


BRITAIN’S High Court has dismissed a case brought against Boris Johnson over claims he made during the 2016 EU referendum campaign.

The court, which dismissed proceedings filed by Marcus Ball, is expected to give details on its decision soon.

It comes after Ball launched a crowd-funding campaign to privately prosecute Johnson over his claim that Britain sent more than €390 million to Brussels a week.

The claims were later discredited by statisticians including the head of Britain’s Statistics Office.

Ball was attempting to prosecute Johnson under laws covering offences and misconduct in public office. The former Foreign Secretary and current Conservative leadership front-runner’s lawyers denied the claims.

Ball’s lawyer said a ‘well-funded defendant’ had knocked out the case before it started.

Johnson was previously summonsed to appear before Westminster Magistrates Court in connection with the claims after Ball filed the case.

 

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