Brexit-backer Arron Banks faces criminal investigation


The UK National Crime Agency (NCA) has started an investigation into businessman Arron Banks, who financed one of the main campaigns for Britain to leave the EU.

Banks, who was pictured with Donald Trump and leading Brexiteer Nigel Farage outside a gilded elevator soon after Trump’s 2016 US presidential election victory, said he welcomed the investigation.

“It is an opportunity for us to clear up the matter,” Banks told Reuters, adding: “The Electoral Commission have said offences may have been committed but have provided no evidence.”

He further said he was “confident that a full and frank investigation will finally put an end to the ludicrous allegations levelled against me and my colleagues”.

“There is no evidence of any wrongdoing from the companies I own. I am a UK taxpayer and I have never received any foreign donations. The Electoral Commission has produced no evidence to the contrary,” he added in a statement.

Banks said he had written to Prime Minister Theresa May to ask for an investigation.