The Electoral Commission –v- The Good Law Project and others

Thursday 4th July

This is an appeal against the Order of Lord Justice Leggatt and Mr Justice Green (as he then was) of the 4th October 2018 that granted the application for judicial review and declared that payments of £620,000 made by Vote Leave Ltd to Aggregate IQ Data Services Ltd to pay for advertising services were referendum expenses incurred by Vote Leave Ltd.

The issue in this case is whether the Electoral Commission (the statutory body responsible for overseeing elections and referendums in the UK) has correctly interpreted the law which limited spending by participants in connection with the referendum held in June 2016 on whether or not the UK should remain a member of the European Union. More particularly, the issue is whether the Electoral Commission was correct to conclude that, on the proper interpretation of the legislation, certain payments made by Vote Leave Limited were not “referendum expenses” incurred by Vote Leave but only donations made by Vote Leave to meet expenses incurred by another campaigner for a ‘leave’ outcome of the referendum called Mr Darren Grimes.

Read the full lower court Judgment.

View hearing:

Part 1

Part 2

Court of Appeal Judgment