LONDON: Prime Minister Boris Johnson rejected on Wednesday (Jul 22) any suggestion that Britain’s vote to leave the European Union had been influenced by Russian interference. A day after a report by parliament’s intelligence and security committee said the government had failed to try to find out whether Russia had meddled in the Brexit vote, Johnson’s government doubled down on its refusal to launch a review. Instead, the government said it had taken measures since the review, which was completed in March last year, and would bring forward legislation to counter “hostile state activity” to deal more effectively with the espionage threat. “The people of this country didn’t vote to leave the EU because of pressure from Russia or Russian interference – they voted because they wanted to take back control,” Johnson told parliament, describing the criticism as being led by those lawmakers who voted to stay in the EU at the 2016 referendum. “It is the UK that leads the world in caution about Russian interference,” said the prime minister, who was a leading figure in the “leave” campaign. A spokesman for Labour leader Keir Starmer said the main opposition party had deep concerns about a “lack of seriousness”… Read full this story
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