Former Attorney General Dominic Grieve has called for a report concerning allegations of Russian electoral interference to be released in time for the December general election. The report, composed by the Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee contains information from UK intelligence services on Russian attempts to influence the outcome of the 2016 Brexit referendum and 2017 general election. The document was referred to the Prime Minister’s Office on 17 October but will not be released in time for the UK general election unless it is disclosed at the beginning of next week.
Liberal Democrat deputy leader Ed Davey joined Mr Grieve's call to see the sensitive document ahead of the general election.
But Brexiteer Camilla Tominey claimed that regardless of what the report outlines, she does not believe Britons were merely driven to vote for Brexit by Facebook ads paid by Russia.
Speaking on Politics Live, she said: “Journalistically I’m interested in the findings.
“I’m interested in whether any report can show there is interference by Russia or anyone else, what effect it actually has on the electorate.
“I don’t go out on the campaign trail and speak to many people who say ‘I’m undecided about who I’ll vote for but I’ll see if I can be influenced by some Facebook ads’.”
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Brexit news: Camilla Tominey and Ed Davey clash over report on Russian interference (Image: BBC)
Brexit news: Camilla Tominey claims Russian interference did not affect Brexit result (Image: BBC)
Turning to Mr Davey, also on the BBC programme, the Brexiteer added: “You’re talking about interference with the referendum, the Lib Dems have just announced this morning they’re going to interfere with the referendum by reversing it.
“Do you think Russia interfered with the Brexit vote?”
The Lib Dem Remainer replied: “Camilla, do you know the difference between