The Electoral Commission will tomorrow visit the Brexit Party’s offices to review the systems in place for handling donations.
Following growing calls for an investigation into the party’s practices, including a letter from former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the watchdog will review how the party receives funds.
Scram News published an exclusive article from leading barrister Jolyon Maugham over the weekend, which contended that the Brexit Party could be breaking electoral law, over its donations system.
The Brexit Party website doesn’t allow donations of over £500, which Maugham suggests could be encouraging large donors to split their donations into small chunks. If the Brexit Party doesn’t declare information about these donors, it could be breaking electoral law.
Hundreds of people emailed the Electoral Commission after a Scram campaign – calling for immediate action.
Commenting on reports about the Brexit Party’s ability to ensure donations received via its website come from a registered source, a spokesperson for the Electoral Commission said: ‘The Brexit Party, like all registered political parties, has to comply with laws that require any donation it accepts of over £500 to be from a permissible source.
‘It is also subject to rules for reporting donations, loans, campaign spending and end of year accounts. We have already been talking to the party about these issues.’
The spokesperson added: ‘As part of our active oversight and regulation of these rules, we are attending the Brexit Party’s office tomorrow to conduct a review of the systems it has in place to receive funds, including donations over £500 that have to be from the UK only.’
‘If there’s evidence that the law may have been broken, we will consider that in line with our Enforcement Policy.”
Earlier today, Nigel Farage moved to play down allegations again the party, describing the claims as a ‘disgusting smear’.