Marcus Ball loses bid to take legal fight against Boris Johnson to Supreme Court

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A campaigner who tried to prosecute Boris Johnson over his EU referendum bus claim has been denied the chance to take his legal fight to the Supreme Court.

Marcus Ball attempted to bring a private prosecution against the Prime Minister over his claim the UK sends £350 million a week to the European Union – which appeared on the side of a bus in the run up to the historic 2016 vote.

The original legal bid was thrown out by the High Court but Mr Ball has appealed.

Lady Justice Rafferty ruled this morning.

The campaigner crowdfunded more than £300,000 online to bring a private prosecution.

He accused the PM of lying because he said that Vote Leave’s most eye-catching claim that “we send the EU £350 million a week” in membership fees to the EU was misleading.

This figure has been widely discredited because it ignored the UK “rebate”, a discount on membership deducted at source.

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