EXPATS in Spain and France have joined forces to launch a fresh legal challenge against the Brexit result.
It comes after the UK’s Electoral Commission ruled that the Leave campaign illegally overspent by £675,000 during the run up to the 2016 referendum.
The request for a judicial review has been submitted to the High Court in London by the UK in EU Challenge group, which represents Britons living in France, Italy and Spain.
It argues that the referendum on Britain’s departure from the EU was not a lawful, fair or free vote given that BeLeave and Vote Leave both overspent.
“We hope to demonstrate that you cannot win by cheating. If there is another referendum, there must not be a repeat of the illegal activity witnessed last time around,” said Sue Wilson, of Bremain in Spain, based in Valencia.
“We have not taken back control – we have been put in the hands of those that care more about their careers and political party than their country. The UK deserves better, we deserve better, and we will not stop fighting until we succeed.”
While the UK government claims the challenge has come too late, this is being contested by QCs Patrick Green and Jessica Simor, of Croft Solicitors, who argue that the Electoral Commission’s findings were only revealed last month.
They insist that the £675,000 that BeLeave spent should have been declared and the result is therefore null and void.
“Our clients contend that the prime minister’s decision to trigger article 50 and start the Brexit process was based on a factual error, namely that the referendum truly represented the will of the people following a lawful, free and fair vote,” said boss Robert Croft.
“We argue that the decision to trigger article 50 to withdraw from the EU was therefore not in accordance with the UK’s constitutional requirements.
“We look forward to having this important constitutional case considered by the court.”
One expat Elinore Grayson said: “It is fundamental that illegal intervention in British elections does not go unchecked.
“The principle of nullity when a decision was made on incorrect or misleading facts is a longstanding one and we wish to ensure that continues to apply.
“Many people across the EU, myself included, are reliant on bestowed rights to live their daily lives; there must be zero tolerance when it comes to cheating, misrepresentation and non-disclosure of information.”