Statement following Leave.EU's appeal

Summary

The court, having confirmed the offences we found that Leave.EU committed, has also confirmed that these offences justified substantial penalties.

We impose penalties to ensure that the rules on campaign finance are complied with, and so that people through the UK can be confidence in the integrity and transparency of campaign finance. After a robust and detailed investigation, we found that Leave.EU committed serious offences. Substantial penalties were proportionate as a result. Leave.EU's fine now stands at £66,000. We look forward to receiving the sum in full. 

However, we are concerned that the relatively low penalties we are able to impose - up to £20,000 per offence, risks being seen as the cost of doing business by campaigners with significant funds. We believe that Parliament should substantially increase the level of penalty we can impose, so we can meet our enforcement aims of compliance and transparency of campaign finance.