Billionaire Brexit donor gives £1 million to UK Conservatives

LONDON (Reuters) – Peter Hargreaves, one of Britain’s wealthiest men and the second-biggest donor to the 2016 campaign to leave the European Union, has donated 1 million pounds ($1.28 million) to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s party ahead of next week’s election.

FILE PHOTO: Peter Hargreaves, the co-founder of stockbroker Hargreaves Lansdown, poses at his home near Bristol, Britain, May 19, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew MacAskill

Hargreaves, who amassed his fortune from co-founding fund supermarket Hargreaves Lansdown, said he was worried that the project he championed could be abandoned, leaving the United Kingdom stuck in the European Union.

“The electorate voted to be out, out, out, out, totally out,” Hargreaves, 73, told Reuters. “The referendum (ballot) paper didn’t say anything about a halfway house. It asked people whether they wanted to stay, or whether they wanted to leave, and the electorate voted to leave.”

Hargreaves, who is known for his outspoken views, made the donation despite calling Johnson a “buffoon” last year.

Johnson, 55, hopes to win a majority on Dec. 12 to push through the Brexit deal he struck with the EU after the bloc granted


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