November 1, 2018 / 12:38 PM / 15 days ago

Brexit campaigner Banks welcomes investigation

Arron Banks and Andy Wigmore, who ran the Leave.Eu pro-Brexit referendum campaign, eat pork pies offered by an anti-Brexit campaigner as they arrive to give evidence to the Digital Culture Media and Sport Parliamentary Committee in London, Britain, June 12, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

LONDON (Reuters) - Brexit campaigner Arron Banks on Thursday welcomed a National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation and added that he had never received any foreign - or Russian - funding for one of the main campaigns for Britain to leave the EU.

“We welcome this investigation as it is an opportunity for us to clear up the matter,” Banks told Reuters. “Rock holdings is a company I own and control and I’m a U.K. tax payer, no Russian or foreign money has ever come into it.”

“The electoral commission have said offences may have been committed but have provided no evidence,” Banks said. “As usual the Electoral Commission is batting for the Remainers in parliament.”

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Kate Holton

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