Court delivers consequential judgment in Vote Leave ‘Referendum Expenses’ case


Re: R (The Good Law Project) v Electoral Commission [2018] EWHC 2553 (Admin)

This is the judgment dealing with consequential matters following the main judgment in R (The Good Law Project) v Electoral Commission [2018] EWHC 2414 (Admin). The Court no.ted that whilst the payment of £100,000 made by Vote Leave Limited to AggregateIQ Data Services Limited to pay for advertising services purchased by Veterans for Britain has been referred to in the Grounds and may well be on all fours with the Vote Leave expenses, that point could not be reflected in the declaration because it had not been mentioned in the judgment.

The Court granted the claimant their costs. Permission to appeal was refused as having no real prospect of persuading the Court of Appeal that the AIQ Payments were not “referendum expenses” incurred by Vote Leave within the meaning of the Political Parties Elections and Referendums Act 2000 s 111(2).

Eleanor Mitchell and Jessica Simor QC were involved in this case.