Vote Leave and Britain Stronger in Europe have been designated as the official Leave and Remain campaigns in June’s EU referendum.
Vote Leave – backed by Boris Johnson and Michael Gove – saw off a challenge from a rival campaign Grassroots Out, backed by UKIP leader Nigel Farage.
The campaigns will be allowed to spend up to £7m, get a free mailshot, TV broadcasts and £600,000 public funds.
The Electoral Commission made the decision.
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A bitter battle broke out between Vote Leave and Grassroots Out over tactics and personnel in the run-up to the decision, but Grassroots Out founder, Tory MP Peter Bone, said: “We look forward to working closely and productively with all those who want to see the UK set free to determine its own destiny.
“We are determined to play our part in creating a united front to secure victory on June 23 for Leave – Independence Day.”
The Trade Union and Socialist Coalition also applied for designation as the official Leave campaign, claiming left-wing anti-EU views were not being properly represented, but its application was also rejected by the Electoral Commission.
Britain Stronger in Europe – chaired by former Marks and Spencer boss Stuart, now Lord, Rose and backed by Prime Minister David Cameron – was the only campaign to apply for Remain designation.
The elections watchdog said it had based its decision on the campaign “which appears to us to represent those campaigning for that outcome to the greatest extent”.
Chief Executive Claire Bassett said: “We received two high quality applications on the ‘Leave’ side, from ‘Vote Leave Ltd’ and ‘The Go Movement Ltd’. After careful consideration, the Commission decided that ‘Vote Leave Ltd’ better demonstrated that it has the structures in place to ensure the views of other campaigners are represented in the delivery of …read more
Source:: BBC UK