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Insurance tycoon Arron Banks has called for the resignation of Electoral Commission head (Picture: PA)

Police won’t be taking any further action against the Leave.EU campaign over ‘technical breaches’ of electoral law, Scotland Yard said.

The Met Police said there is ‘insufficient evidence’ to justify any further criminal investigation into the campaign, founded by Arron Banks and spearheaded by Nigel Farage.

The force made the decision after receiving advice from the Crown Prosecution Service following a referral from the Electoral Commission August 5.

Leave.EU was fined £70,000 by the Electoral Commission in May last year for offences committed under electoral law, following the regulator’s investigation into group’s funding and spending during the EU referendum.

The Electoral Commission said the group incorrectly reported what it spent at the EU referendum, including failing to include at least £77,380 in its spending return.

Nigel Farage, leader of the Brexit Party, reacts after being elected as a Member of the European Parliament at the European Parliamentary elections count center in Southampton, U.K., on Sunday, May 27, 2019. Brexit wrought more havoc on Britains main political parties in European Parliament elections, with both Conservatives and Labour scoring their worst results in decades as voters opted for parties with clear pro- and anti-European Union messages. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Nigel Farage spearheaded the Brexit campaign (Picture: Getty Images)

They said this meant the group exceeded the spending limit for non-party registered campaigners by at least 10 per cent.

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A statement from the Met said: ‘It is clear that whilst some technical breaches of electoral law were committed by Leave.EU in respect of the spending return submitted for their campaign, there is insufficient evidence to justify any further criminal investigation.

‘Leave.EU’s responsible person has been has been told that they will face no further police action.’

They said investigations into the spending returns of Vote Leave and BeLeave were ongoing.

Commander Alex Murray, of Central Specialist Crime, said: ‘It was right to investigate the allegation, however following detailed enquiries it became apparent that the nature of potential breaches of the regulations, the criminal standard of proof required in court and the actions taken by Leave.EU to adhere to the regulations, mean that it is now appropriate to take no further action.’

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Mr Banks also called for DCMS chairman Damian Collins to step down (Picture: REX)

In a statement, Leave.EU chairman Mr Banks called for the resignation of the head of the Electoral Commission.

He accused the regulator of ‘disgraceful political collusion’ with the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) committee and several prominent remain-backing MPs.

Mr Banks said the probe demonstrates a ‘serious abuse of public office’ and said he will be demanding a ‘full public inquiry investigation into their actions’.

He added: ‘We will be writing to the Prime Minster today demanding a public inquiry into the actions of the Electoral Commission.

‘I am today calling for the resignation of [DCMS chairman] Damian Collins and the CEO of Electoral Commission as a result of today’s news.’

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‘The Electoral Commission have serious questions to answer about political bias and whether it is fit for purpose as a regulator.’

He said the probe had taken a ‘huge personal toll’ on Leave.EU chief executive Liz Bilney and her family, and accused ‘anti-Brexit’ MPs of ‘harassment and lies’.

Mr Banks said the Metropolitan Police have been professional and thorough.

He added: ‘They spent many hours investigating our case and they should be commended for doing a difficult job in a difficult political climate. They remained impartial and operated with complete integrity.’

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