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WorldBoris Johnson to face court for alleged Brexit lies

14:45  29 may  2019
14:45  29 may  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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Boris Johnson is to go on trial for allegedly “ lying and misleading the British public” about the consequences of Brexit . This means the proposed defendant will be required to attend this court for a preliminary hearing, and the case will then be sent to the crown court for trial.”

BORIS Johnson could be summonsed to court after Remainers launched a private prosecution alleging he lied when he said the UK gave the EU £ Remainers have crowd-funded £200,000 for campaigner Marcus Ball to bring the private prosecution to court after the Leave campaign's bus said

Boris Johnson to face court for alleged Brexit lies© Leon Neal/Getty Images Conservative politician and former UK Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson.

The leading candidate to succeed Theresa May as British Prime Minister has been ordered to appear in court to face allegations he lied to the public during the 2016 Brexit referendum campaign.

A judge at Westminster Magistrate's Court in London ordered that Boris Johnson, a former UK foreign secretary, must face a private summons on three counts of misconduct in public office.

Johnson, who was the high-profile face of the Leave campaign, is accused of falsely claiming that Britain's membership of the European Union cost £350 million ($442 million) a week.

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A crowdfunding campaign seeking to prosecute Boris Johnson for " lying " about Brexit will receive a hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 14th The Brexit Justice campaign alleges Johnson abused public trust by "intentionally misleading" voters over his claim leaving the EU would mean £

Boris Johnson has been warned he has just hours to respond to claims he lied about the UK sending £350,000,000 a week to Brussels – or face prosecution. The former Foreign Secretary was notified on November 16 of the intention to bring a private court case over alleged misconduct in public office.

The claim was plastered on the side of a bus that toured Britain during the tightly fought campaign that resulted in a 52% vote in favor of the UK leaving the EU.

"Having considered all the relevant factors I am satisfied that this is a proper case to issue the summons as requested for the three offenses as drafted," wrote Judge Margot Coleman.

"This means the proposed defendant will be required to attend this court for a preliminary hearing, and the case will then be sent to the Crown Court for trial."

The summons was lodged by Marcus Ball and financed by a crowdfunded campaign. He claims Johnson misled the public in the run-up and aftermath of the referendum, and repeated the £350 million claim during the 2017 general election.

Johnson's lawyer denied the allegation at an earlier court hearing.

Pundits put Johnson at the top of a wide field of candidates to succeed May, who announced last week that she was stepping down as leader of the governing Conservative Party in the light of the failure to deliver on the result of the 2016 vote.

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