Britons living in the EU have launched a fresh challenge against Brexit. They claim that irregularities alleged to have been committed by the Leave campaign should render the 2016 referendum null and void.
The claim is being made by the ‘UK in EU Challenge Group,’ led by Sue Wilson of the ‘Bremain in Spain’ group. She says that recent findings have “called into question” whether the referendum was conducted in accordance with the UK’s constitutional requirements.
The UK in Spain Challenge Group argues that, “The Electoral Commission found ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ that Vote Leave, the official campaign, cheated on its spending limit by almost £700,000.” They claim that British courts, “can declare the vote null and void if there has been cheating of exactly this type.” They conclude, “This isn’t about ‘leave’ or ‘remain.’ It’s about rights, fairness and democracy.”
“The Electoral Commission found ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ that Vote Leave, the official campaign, cheated on its spending limit by almost £700,000.”
The government in Westminster says that such a claim was “substantially out of time,” and had already been considered and thrown out in a previous court case. The two associations have now filed a fresh law suit in response to this rejection.
Speaking to El Pais last month, Sue Wilson talked of “considerable damage to the economy” caused by the Brexit referendum. She said British citizens living in the EU are, “invisible, our voices unheard.”
Britons who have lived outside the UK for more than 15 years are precluded from voting in British general elections and referenda, meaning that those who stand to be most affected by the eventual outcome of Brexit were not allowed to have their say in the 2016 vote.