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#COSP | Committee discusses the 'Vote Leave Brexit' case

[By Maria Eduarda Panza]

On July 27th, the Conference of the State Parties (COSP) to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) has made a press statement about the 'Vote Leave Brexit' case. 'Vote Leave' is a faction that favoured leaving the European Union in the 2016 United Kingdom European Union membership referendum. ‘Vote Leave’ co-operated with Labour Leave, Conservatives for Britain and Business for Britain throughout the referendum campaign.

The case declares that Vote Leave was fined £61,000 (€68,000 / $76,000) and referred to the police for breaking electoral law after the group "exceeded its legal spending limit of £7 million by almost £500,000", according to the commission.

The committee, with the help from the delegation of the United Kingdom, released a statement declaring its position about the case:

"Regarding the recent news about the Brexit Vote Leave Campaign and its refusal to cooperate with the Metropolitan Police's investigation, the Conference of the State Parties Against Corruption places confidence in the fact that when a private party is related to government affairs they should be held accountable to the same higher standards as the administration regarding the disclosure of information and budgetary reports, in accordance to article 61 of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption".

Furthermore, the States present at the 12th session of the Conference of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption would like to share a statement of support to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for the expeditious approach to the matter at hand".

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