No £350M Brexit case Tezza’s got her taxi

Daily Star - - NEWS - by ALEXANDER BROWN [email protected]­lystar.co.uk

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.

BRUSH OFF: Down­ing St be­ing swept. Inset, May

■ LEAD­ING LIGHT: John­son

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