LEFT-WING campaigners against the European Union have attacked a fine imposed by the Electoral Commission as “petty, vindictive and disproportionate.”
The Lexit campaign faces a £500 penalty for late delivery of a financial return following last year’s EU referendum.
Lexit raised and spent less than £8,000 during the period of the campaign – contrasting with figures of up to £31 million registered by other participating organisations.
The umbrella group of left parties, campaigns and trade unionists called for a Leave vote on the grounds that the EU is an anti-democratic, pro-big business alliance of capitalist states. Lexit argued that constitutional rules set in Brussels demand permanent austerity and privatisation.
Lexit convener Alex Gordon said: “One late return containing not a single new piece of financial information doesn’t begin to compare to the habitual financial skullduggery that characterises much of Britain’s political party funding.”