UK National Crime Agency investigating Brexit-backer Arron Banks

Arron Banks and Andy Wigmore, who ran the Leave.Eu pro-Brexit referendum campaign, leave after giving evidence to the Digital Culture Media and Sport Parliamentary Committee in London, Britain, June 12, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

LONDON (Reuters) - The UK National Crime Agency (NCA) said on Thursday it had started an investigation into British businessman Arron Banks, who financed one of the main campaigns for Britain to leave the EU.

“This follows our acceptance of a referral of material from the Electoral Commission,” the NCA said.

“While electoral law offences would not routinely fall within the NCA’s remit, the nature of the necessary inquiries and the potential for offences to have been committed other than under electoral law lead us to consider an NCA investigation appropriate in this instance.”

Banks, who ahead of the 2016 Brexit referendum financed Leave.EU, a campaign led by Nigel Farage, then the leader of the UK Independence Party, has faced questions in parliament about the source of his wealth.

He has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

Reporting By Andrew MacAskill; editing by Stephen Addison

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