Boris Johnson £350m claim case thrown out by judges (BBC)
- Marcus Ball, a campaigner, attempted to prosecute Boris Johnson over claims he lied during the 2016 referendum campaign by saying the UK gave the EU £350m a week, having crowdfunded more than £300,000 to bring the case.
- Johnson’s lawyers argued that the offence of misconduct in public office was about the secret abuse of power and there had been nothing secret about Mr Johnson’s claim.
- The pro-Brexit Vote Leave group used the £350m figure throughout the referendum campaign and suggested it could “fund our NHS instead”.
Lessons from the Peterborough by-election (FT)
- Labour gained a surprise victory in the Peterborough by-election, despite the area having strongly voted in favour of Leave. Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party came second.
- The FT reports that Jeremy Corbyn will likely use the result to justify his continued ambiguity as to a second referendum. However, the pro-European Liberal Democrats performed strongly, with votes increasing from 9% in 2017 to 12%, suggesting Corbyn’s policy of ambiguity ought maybe to be reconsidered.
- Nigel Farage has not been able to translate his victories on the national stage to the ground level, even in an area that voted 61% leave.
- The fact that the Conservatives came third, after the Brexit Party, may boost Boris Johnson’s Conservative leadership prospects, as many Tories view him as the best candidate to ward off the challenge from the Brexit Party.