Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

No Russian money went through me, says Aaron Banks

No Russian money went through me, says Aaron Banks

Arron Banks being investigated by National Crime Agency over alleged offences during Brexit vote Arron Banks and his Leave.EU campaign group are being investigated by the National Crime Agency (NCA) over suspected electoral law offences around the 2016 EU Referendum. And the man who funded posters claiming the United Kingdom was at "breaking point" over immigration even claimed that the channel's news programme was a "leading proponent" of angst in the country.

Businessman Arron Banks has been challenged to explain where the money for his Brexit campaign came from.

"The money came from Rock Services which was a United Kingdom limited company".

It also said that the loans involved a company - Rock Holdings, based on the Isle of Man, which was impermissible under finance rules that say all campaign funds during an election must come from within the UK.

Responding to the Sky interviewer's claim that the Electoral Commission is "an independent, democratic body" - in fact it is wholly appointed - Banks responded: "You say it's an independent Commission..."

On Thursday it was reported that the National Crime Agency has launched a criminal investigation into Banks and a number of other individuals associated with the Leave.EU campaign. It was generated out of insurance business written in the UK. It's not selling products and services and generating cash.

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He said Rock Services had "all sorts of revenues", but did not detail them. "No matter how many times he was asked that question, he didn't answer it".

The Observer says it has seen internal emails leaked by former employees of Eldon Insurance, another of Mr Banks's companies, and Rock Services that show they worked on the Leave.EU campaign from their company offices.

The "unprecedented" involvement of the NCA in the case was an important step because the agency was able to examine all financial records of Banks's businesses, including in areas outside United Kingdom jurisdiction such as the Isle of Man, said Mr Collins.

Mr Banks went on the attack the reporter personally saying: "You really want to get Michael Crick out, he's the expert at doorstepping, I'm not going to talk to second best". Ultimately that is a matter for Parliament. "There is the Brexit process which is ongoing and there is what should be a full and proper investigation into Mr Banks and the source of his funds".

As the walls close in around him, The Observer has revealed Banks may also have misled parliament over links between his pro-Brexit campaign and his insurance business during the European Union referendum.

The commission also referred Leave.EU, its chief executive, Elizabeth Bilney, and the organisation that ran it, Better for the Country, to the NCA last week after carrying out a review.

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