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Was the Referendum Fair? Who spent most in the EU Referendum?

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The total expenditure by the Leave and Remain campaigns is given in the Electoral Commission Report: Report on the regulation of campaigners at the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union held on 23 June 2016 .  The final spending is summarised in this graph: Across all campaign groups Remain spent £19.3m and Leave spent £13.3m.The lead campaigns each had a spending limit of £7m but other campaigners had their own spending limits. Remain had more campaign groups so had the higher spending limit of £31m compared with Leave's £21,500,000.Spending of largest campaigns Labour and Lib-Dems together spent as much as Vote Leave Limited. The In Campaign was a front for the "European Movement" and Leave.EU was a front for UKIP.These are the Electoral Commission figures.

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The total expenditure by the Leave and Remain campaigns is given in the Electoral Commission Report: Report on the regulation of campaigners at the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union held on 23 June 2016 .  The final spending is summarised in this graph:

Was the Referendum Fair? Who spent most in the EU Referendum?

Across all campaign groups Remain spent £19.3m and Leave spent £13.3m.

The lead campaigns each had a spending limit of £7m but other campaigners had their own spending limits. Remain had more campaign groups so had the higher spending limit of £31m compared with Leave's £21,500,000.

Was the Referendum Fair? Who spent most in the EU Referendum?
Spending of largest campaigns
Labour and Lib-Dems together spent as much as Vote Leave Limited. The In Campaign was a front for the "European Movement" and Leave.EU was a front for UKIP.

These are the Electoral Commission figures.  However, the Government backed the Remain Campaign and boosted Remain expenditure in two ways.  It directly spent over £9m on pro-Remain publications including sending a pamphlet that backed Remain to every household in the country.  It tipped off foreign contributors to Remain about the cut off date for declaring contributions, this allowed several millions to be contributed by the US Investment Banks.  As the Guardian put it: "The US banks are free to make donations now because the rules of the referendum have not been set and the campaigns are not officially registered. Once the rules are established, [foreign] businesses’ ability to contribute may be restricted." (See Guardian Article).
 
A strange feature of the Electoral Commission figures is that StrongerIn spent more than the official figure for the entire Remain referendum campaign but only declared under £7m. See StrongerIn(In Campaign) Accounts (Open Britain Ltd):

Was the Referendum Fair? Who spent most in the EU Referendum?
In Campaign (StrongerIn) spending
How could StrongerIn have spent more than the entire Remain campaign from all sources yet not be held to account for this?  According to the Electoral Commission "The two designated lead campaigners reported total spending of £13,510,049 - The In Campaign Ltd reported spending £6,767,584; and Vote Leave Ltd reported spending £6,742,466."  Some £13m has gone missing from the In Campaign declaration.

Remain spent at least £41m when the true In Campaign and Government expenditure is included.  Leave groups spent £13.3m.

A great deal of publicity has been given to Arron Banks for excess spending.  Mr Banks' donation has been covered in the media as £8m rather than £2.9m.  £8m was indeed donated but only £2.9m was spent owing to the rules for spending limits. Banks was referred to the Met for prosecution but the investigation was dropped by the Metropolitan Police.  There was no huge Arron Banks electoral fraud.  It was a feature of the EU Referendum campaign for prosecutions and investigations to be mounted that received huge publicity only to be withdrawn or fail later with scarcely a word of the withdrawal or acquittal appearing in the Media.  Darren Grimes (BeLeave) was also prosecuted and was subsequently exonerated.

Successful penalties for false declarations of spending/donations were applied against these Remain groups: The European Movement, the Liberal Democrats, Best for our Future Ltd, Unison, StrongerIn (In Campaign) and these Leave groups: Constitutional Research Council , Leave.EU, Vote Leave.

Was the Referendum Fair? Who spent most in the EU Referendum?
There were numerous small penalties for late filings and erroneous filings that were corrected that involved many of the scores of campaign groups.  Most of these were genuine mistakes by inexperienced campaigners.

Overall the fraudulent donations/spending that the Electoral Commission intercepted were less than 10% of spending.

Significant Supporters of Remain

The "European Movement" (President Lord Heseltine, Vice President Kenneth Clarke).  It set up StrongerIn/The In Campaign, the lead Remain campaign.

The Conservative Party and Government in 2016.

The Labour Party
The Libdems
The Green Party

The SNP

The Guardian
The Daily Mirror
The Independent
The BBC
ITV
Channel 4
The Times

The CBI
The TUC
The Bilderberg Group
The World Economic Forum
George Soros
US Investment Banks (Goldman Sachs etc).
The EU
The USA
The IMF
The OECD

Significant Supporters of Leave

Nigel Farage
Boris Johnson
Kate Hooey
The Daily Mail
The Express
The Sun
JD Wetherspoon
UKIP

Foreign Interference in the Referendum Campaign

Far and away the greatest social media interference in the EU Referendum campaign was from Irish and EU social media campaigning.  The European Movement is a pan-EU organisation and mobilised its membership base, especially in Ireland (The European Movement in Ireland is largely financed by the Irish Government).

The EU also campaigned for the UK to Remain, fielding officials and politicians throughout the campaign and after the vote, and modulating its negotiations to disturb UK politics.  The EU industry groups such as Bilderberg encouraged their members to campaign (RyanAir, Airbus, BMW etc., Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan(Tony Blair is their International President)).

Given that Irish and EU interference was intense and obvious it is peculiar that a small amount of Russian interference always gets covered in the headlines.  Clearly the Remain press and broadcasters still cannot believe they lost.  If hundreds of German and thousands of Irish European Movement members  were campaigning with millions of tweets and posts on Social Media why would 47000 tweets originating in Russia be creating such a stir?  They should not have happened but are a drop in the ocean compared with foreign Remain interference.

There is also strong circumstantial evidence that the Twitter platform itself worked on behalf of Remain. (See Is Twitter a Menace?).  The use of shadow banning and direct expulsion of Leave campaigners by Twitter probably dwarfs any other foreign Social Media bias.

The democratic legitimacy of the Referendum

There can be little doubt that without massive outspending of Leave by Remain, Government interference (the failed Treasury "Predictions"), the huge US Investment Bank funding, the BBC Bias and the vast foreign Social Media campaign by Remain the Leave margin of victory would have been far higher.  However, Leave did win.  The Leave victory was confirmed in two subsequent General Elections.  There can be no doubt that the decision to Leave the EU is legitimate and entirely democratic, perhaps the most democratic decision ever made in the UK.  It was not fair because the margin should have been far higher for Leave had the biased practices and finance been removed.  It must rank as the greatest triumph of the ordinary citizen against the Establishment, especially the Corporate Elite, in British history.


Fallout

The failure of the Remain Media to cover the legitimacy of the Referendum is astonishing.  The huge imbalance in financial support between Remain and Leave is never mentioned.  The failure of the Remain Media to mention the fact that Brexit will be almost impossible to reverse because Re-joining the EU is very different from Remaining is having a corrosive effect on British politics. 

It is crucial that the BBC is brought to account for its bias during the Referendum and University employment practices that favour Postmarxist, Trotskyist and Maoist views are tackled.  University bias spreads throughout education into schools and is resulting in an indoctrinated generation of young British people.


20/7/2020

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