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Brexit: Electoral Commission and Arron Banks reach settlement

Arron Banks Image copyright PA Media Image caption Arron Banks funded the Leave.EU campaign

A dispute between the Electoral Commission and Brexit campaigner Arron Banks has been settled.

Mr Banks, who funded Leave.EU, threatened take the watchdog to court for defamation in October 2019.

The commission had referred Mr Banks to the National Crime Agency (NCA) a year earlier, after his campaign was fined for breaking electoral law during the 2016 Brexit referendum.

But the NCA found “no evidence” of criminal offences.

The NCA said it would take no further action against Leave.EU, its chief executive Liz Bilney or Mr Banks.

But the Electoral Commission said it stood by the need for the investigation to ensure “voters have transparency” over political funding.

Mr Banks’ complaint was regarding the Electoral Commission’s announ

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