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Prime Minister must announce a full investigation into potential Russian interference of UK democracy

July 21, 2020 3:09 PM
Finally the long awaited #RussiaReport has been released and no surprises it raises yet more questions.
- The report concluded the Government failed to prepare or conduct any proper assessment of Russian interference with the 2016 Brexit referendum
- The UK government is also accused of having "actively avoided" looking for Russian interference during the EU referendum.
The Liberal Democrats state that the Prime Minister must announce a full investigation into potential Russian interference of our democracy
Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael said: "This watershed report confirms an alarming truth: this Conservative Government has failed to take the Russian threat to our democracy seriously, even despite the clear evidence they interfered to help Donald Trump to the presidency in 2016.
"The first duty of government is to protect its citizens. However, the Conservatives have been found asleep at their post with their failure to conduct an assessment of Russian interference in the 2016 Brexit referendum.
"The protection of our democracy should never come second to the Tories covering their embarrassing connections to Russian oligarchs before an election. Given what has come to light, Boris Johnson should think again about who his party takes money from and gives influence to.
"Without delay, the Prime Minister must now announce a wide-ranging and properly funded investigation of potential Russian interference in our democracy, including the EU referendum and independence referendum."
https://www.thelondoneconomic.com/politics/read-the-russia-report-in-full/21/07/ Johnson and the Russia Report