Russia did meddle in the Brexit, Scottish Independence and the 2019 General Election

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Russia not only meddled in the Brexit vote, but also in the Scottish Independence referendum

A report on Russian interference into British politics was finally published Tuesday, more than a year after allegations surfaced that Moscow sought to meddle in Britain’s 2019 general election and following similar claims about its 2016 Brexit vote to leave the European Union and a 2014 failed referendum on Scottish independence.

The report published today stated that: “the Kremlin has used espionage and diverse forms of subversion, including cyberattacks, disinformation campaigns and state-sponsored assassinations to undermine British democratic processes and divide alliances such as NATO and the EU.”

Russia has been adamant and repeatedly denied any such wrongdoing, and has said that the allegations are completely unfounded.

Although the report was initially given to Boris Johnson last October , he said it couldn’t be released until it had been reviewed for national security issues.

The opposition Labour Party has accused Johnson’s government of failing to publish the report because it would lead to further questions about links between Russia and the pro-Brexit campaign in the 2016 referendum on European Union membership, he said: “What’s in the report that Johnson does not want us to see?”

 

 

 

 

Mark T Connor

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