Refusal to investigate Leave campaigns is direct police interference in politics

Corruption Yard: Police have stalled an investigation into possible criminal offences by the Leave campaign in order to influence the progress of Brexit.

Members of the Metropolitan Police Service have taken it upon themselves to interfere in the most important political issue of our time.

After the Electoral Commission handed over a large amount of evidence on the expectation that the police would investigate whether serious criminal offences had been committed by three pro-Brexit campaigns in the EU referendum of 2016, officers have sat on their thumbs.

They say the matter is politically sensitive because it relates to an election “and much else besides”.

Not very convincing, it is?

Firstly, the referendum was not an election. It may have had relevance to the 2017 general election but that is a secondary concern.

Secondly, when anyone mentions “much more” or, in this case, “much else”, it usually means there isn’t much more and the person saying it is hoping you don’t notice.

The point is that this investigation needed to be handled immediately because it has a direct bearing on the validity of the decision to leave the European Union – a departure that is now less than six months in the future.

If the various Leave campaigns indulged in criminality to achieve their aim, then the result of the referendum is not valid. That would have huge significance.

And a crime is a crime. When evidence is available to them, it is the responsibility of the police to investigate it immediately. Justice brooks no delay.

So we must conclude that the police officer(s) who halted the investigation have done so in order to interfere with political affairs – allowing Brexit to happen when an investigation may prove that it should not.

Who are the officers responsible?

Why are they not stepping forward to give a full and frank account of this abhorrent behaviour?

There is no place for this kind of political interference in the modern police service and in This Writer’s opinion the culprits should be resigning their positions and submitting themselves to criminal investigations of their own.

The Metropolitan Police has stalled the launch of any criminal investigation into three pro-Brexit campaigns – citing “political sensitivities”.

Despite being handed their first dossier of evidence of potential crimes committed by pro-Leave groups over five months ago, the police force has made no progress nor logged a formal case into the activities of either Vote Leave, fronted by Boris Johnson and Michael Gove, or Leave.EU, the pro-Brexit campaign bankrolled by Arron Banks.

In May and July this year, the UK Electoral Commission reported that multiple breaches of electoral law, false declarations and covert campaign over-spending had taken place by pro-Leave groups during the 2016 EU referendum.

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) was then expected to investigate whether key individuals, including Leave.EU’s campaign chief, Liz Bilney; Vote Leave’s board official, David Halsall; and the founder of BeLeave, Darren Grimes, had committed related criminal offences.

The Met revealed it has yet to start any formal investigation, and has remained effectively stalled for months in “assessing evidence”.

Pushed on why there has been no progress, or no formal case logged, a Scotland Yard spokesman admitted there were issues and “political sensitivities” that had to be taken into account. The Yard spokesman later added that the political issues related to “any allegation or referral relating to an election, and much else besides.”

Source: Police still not investigating Leave campaigns, citing ‘political sensitivities’ | openDemocracy

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  1. Florence October 12, 2018 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    But you & I faced the same issue over the election expenses didn’t we, when dossiers were submitted and simply dismissed?

    • Mike Sivier October 16, 2018 at 12:50 am - Reply

      Yes we did.

  2. nmac064 October 12, 2018 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    This is an appalling scandal. These people must be robustly and thoroughly investigated.

  3. SteveH October 12, 2018 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    There’s a petition here

    “We call on the Metropolitan Police to conduct an urgent, thorough investigation of accusations Leave campaigners committed criminal offenses during the 2016 referendum.”

  4. Barry Davies October 12, 2018 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    Maybe the Met don’t want to be dragged into snowflake hell, by investigating one side and ignoring the breaches committed by Cameron’s crew.

    • Mike Sivier October 16, 2018 at 12:46 am - Reply

      Immaterial. A crime is a crime and evidence has been presented.
      If two murders were committed and the victims were connected, would you say the police were right to refuse to investigate evidence in one if no evidence relating to the other had been presented?

  5. Malcolm James October 12, 2018 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    Why should it matter if it relates to an election or anything else? Fraud is fraud. Sounds like political pressure is being brought to bear.

  6. Colin Clarke October 12, 2018 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    This campaign started with the lie on the side of Boris’s bus. Why does nobody pick up on the Tories regard to the electorate. They took away the referendum we were to have when we were about to vote over joining the EU, and took us in anyway. They said that they could not guarantee we (The People ) would vote so they cancelled it! Now, after a lying campaign, they have the vote they now want which is now leave! Sad to say it, but De Gaulle was spot on when he insisted and insisted that he did not want Britain in the common market. We are in the power of the totalitarian right wing party of the rich right. They only work for their own benefit!

  7. Christine Bergin October 12, 2018 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    or maybe direct political interference in policing

  8. Carol Fraser October 13, 2018 at 7:20 am - Reply

    This is May’s doing. Her govt is interfering in the investigation. When she was Home Sec she also interfered in the Child Abuse enquiry. So she’s got previous. Don’t castigate the police their hands have been tied

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