December 19, 2017 / 9:55 AM / in 10 months

Electoral body fines Liberal Democrats over Brexit vote expenses

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s Electoral Commission said on Tuesday it has fined the Liberal Democrats party 18,000 pounds for breaching campaign finance rules in the 2016 European Union referendum.

A Liberal Democrat party election poster and an EU flag are seen displayed on a house in west London, Britain, May 15, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville

The party was fined 17,000 pounds for failing to provide acceptable invoices or receipts and 1,000 pounds because some payments were reported in aggregate rather than as individual payments, the commission said in a statement.

“The reporting requirements for parties and campaigners at referendums and elections are clear, that’s why it is disappointing that the Liberal Democrats didn’t follow them correctly,” said Bob Posner, the Electoral Commission’s director of political finance.

Reporting By Andrew MacAskill; editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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