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No £350M Brexit case Tezza’s got her taxi
BORIS Johnson will not face trial over his £350million Brexit bus claim after the case against him was thrown out by judges.
The PM hopeful had been accused of misconduct in public office and was facing a humiliating court date. However, his lawyers have now seen the case dismissed after labelling it a “nonsense” and “politically driven”. The case started after anti-Brexit activist Marcus Ball tried to prosecute Johnson for saying Britain sends £350m a week to the EU. Mr Johnson’s claim was all over buses during the referendum for the Vote Leave team.
Jason Coppel QC, prosecuting at the High Court, said: “There is ample evidence that he did know it was a false and misleading figure.”
But Mr Johnson’s lawyer Adrian Darbishire QC claimed: “The only rational conclusion was that the prosecution was politically motivated and, therefore, vexatious.”
His team also argued complaints were whether the amount was a net or gross figure, meaning he did not mislead the public.
The decision came on the same day Theresa May officially resigned as Tory leader, paving the way for Mr Johnson’s bid to replace her in Number 10.
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