George Soros is acting against the ‘spirit of the law’ by funding opposition to the EU referendum result, Lord Lamont said last night.
The former chancellor pointed out that foreign donors were banned from funding either the Remain or Leave camps during the referendum campaign itself.
He argued that international donors such as billionaire financier Mr Soros should ‘keep away’ while the deal that will implement Britain’s Brexit decision is worked out.
Lord Lamont also criticised Tory MPs for supporting a pro-EU parliamentary group funded by the Best for Britain group, which wants to stop Brexit.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on EU Relations is co-chaired by Remain backer Anna Soubry and its aims have been supported by other MPs.
The APPG has been supported to the tune of up to £21,000 by Best for Britain, a group which is seeking a second referendum or a general election. The group admits its campaign for a new referendum could cause Theresa May’s government to fall.
Best of Britain has, in turn, been pledged almost £400,000 from Mr Soros, the international financier known as ‘the man who broke the Bank of England’ for his actions in 1992 when the UK crashed out of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism. Lord Lamont said: ‘Conservative Remainers say they don’t want to overturn the referendum result, but they seem to be financed by people who do.’
Mr Soros has pledged a total of more than £700,000 to groups working to water down or block Brexit.
But before the EU referendum vote on June 23, 2016, the American financier would have been unable to give any money thanks to Electoral Commission rules.
Lord Lamont said the rules should be no different now, because it was still in doubt that the result of the referendum will be honoured. ‘It seems to me very dubious for foreign donors to be financing a campaign to overturn a democratic referendum result in this country,’ he said.
‘During that referendum, foreign contributions were illegal, but Mr Soros seems determined to go against the spirit of the law. All foreign donors should keep away.’
Tory Leave supporter Nadine Dorries demanded that Remainers from her party distance themselves from Best for Britain.
George Soros (right) is acting against the ‘spirit of the law’ by funding opposition to the EU referendum result, Lord Lamont (left) said last night