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Was the Brexit vote free and fair? | UpFront

The last year has seen mounting evidence of illegal campaign spending, data theft and foreign interference during the Brexit referendum campaign. Two pro-Brexit campaign organisations, Leave.Eu and Vote Leave, were fined and reported to the police by the Electoral Commission.

The United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency also started investigating billionaire Brexit campaigner, Arron Banks, who gave £12m ($15,277m) to Brexit campaigns, including UK Independence Party (UKIP) and Nigel Farage’s campaign Leave.EU, making him the biggest donor in the country’s history.

So, was the 2016 Brexit referendum in the UK a free and fair vote?

Carole Cadwalladr is an award-winning investigative journalist for the Guardian and The Observer, and broke many stories about wrongdoings in that 2016 vote.

“If you’re going to have a referendum, that is going to affect the foundation, the constitution of our country forever, you better do that within the law,” she says.

Steven Woolfe, member of the European Parliament and former member of the UKIP disagrees, saying “we absolutely won fair and square”. He emphasises that the criminal inquiries that Cadwalladr referred to are “not beyond a criminal level of proof”.

On this UpFront Arena, we debate the extent of interference in that referendum and whether it could have affected the result.

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  1. When the Brexit game will end up? May be it will be series episode untile the end of life and world.

  2. More people in POVERTY, more people are homeless, More people being stabbed in London and More people being mowed down on the streets!!! Blood Is On The British Governments Hands!!!!!

  3. If there is nothing there and UKIP has nothing to hide. Have an investigation. They have nothing to fear. 🤔

    Instead ex leaders have run away to plan another "BNP in suits party". Since "BNP in suits" sorry UKIP is too BNP/EDL now.

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  5. Mehdi Hassan is a globalist shill i trust him on politics as much as I'd trust rolf harris with my kids

  6. Let Boris Johnson lead the masses against the elites!!! LOL Without considering that Boris Johnson is already part of the elite with his brother and sister in the parliament, you are part of a laughing stock. French citizens are protesting against their government in the streets. British citizens instead, fulled by an elite of clowns and fanatic like Johnson and Farage, wait for Brexit.

  7. There was no word about the false promises of substantial financial gain for working class people after Brexit. Brexit was portrait as a paradise awaited, all people had to do is to vote in its favor.

  8. First vote was doubtful, but has become an article of faith, so decisive. We do need a clean vote, don’t know which was it would go , but likely would not stop dumb anger and hate steers.

  9. it will be an amazing moment to see Britain dividing and crippling down economically . The end of Royal-fukism.

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