Crowdfunded Effort To Sue PM Dies

The English courts have ruled that one can’t sue a politician for lying during his campaign.

If you recall, Marcus Ball crowdfunded over £570,000 in three years to privately prosecute the United Kingdom’s new Prime Minister Boris Johnson for (apparently falsely) claiming during the Brexit vote that the UK sends the European Union over “£350 million a week in membership fees.”


The High Court noted that one can’t be guilty of lying if there is no law to deal with false campaign statements, especially where they relate to publicly available statistics.

In other words, patently false statements are not actionable.

Legal Cheek notes that Mr. Ball is considering his options now which may include “taking his case to the European Courts, appealing directly to the Supreme Court or simply prosecuting him [Johnson] again in an attempt to force the courts to follow the law.” Good luck, mate.

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I am a corporate/securities attorney in the Washington, DC area. Prior to joining the firm, I was a Senior Attorney Advisor in the Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. I am a member of the Bars of the States of Maryland, New York and the District of Columbia. You can also follow this blog on LinkedIn at:
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