The Brexiteer hit out after a long-awaited probe into alleged Russian interference in British democracy, due to be published later today, found nothing to suggest Russia played any part in the 2016 EU referendum, the Daily Telegraph reported. Mr Farage tweeted: “So, no evidence of Russian interference in the referendum. Some serious apologies are due.”
Former Brexit Party MEP Robert Lowe also ordered Remainers to apologise, tweeting: “Wading through Remainer tears. Some serious apologies are due @Nigel_Farage!”
The report by MPs and peers described the Kremlin’s role in the vote that could have split the UK as “the first post-Soviet interference in a Western democratic election”.
But after an 18-month investigation, Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) found nothing to suggest Russia interfered in Brexit, a claim often spouted by Remainers who refuse to accept the UK is leaving the EU.
The full document is set to be published following months of delays, days after Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab claimed it was “almost certain” that Moscow had tried to interfere in the 2019 election.
Brexiteers mocked Remainers for their claims over Russia meddling on Twitter.
One said: “The only interference during the referendum was the opposition remoaners spreading lies/propaganda to influence the result, which beautifully back-fired.
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Meanwhile, the investigation reportedly found that Russia attempted to influence the Scottish independence referendum.
The probe found “credible open-source commentary that Russia undertook to influence the campaign on Scottish independence” in 2014, the DailyTelegraph reported.
Russia’s ambassador to the UK Andrei Kelin dismissed the accusations in a BBC interview.
He said his country had no interest in interfering in British domestic politics.
“We do not interfere at all. We do not see any point in interference because for us, whether it will be the Conservative Party or Labour’s party at the head of this country, we will try to settle relations and to establish better relations than now.”
Asked about the alleged attempts to steal details of coronavirus research, Mr Kelin said: “I don’t believe in this story at all, there is no sense in it.”
The ISC report, prepared by the committee’s members in the previous Parliament, was postponed by Boris Johnson’s decision to call a general election and the need to re-establish the committee’s membership.
Relations between the UK and Russia have been under severe strain since the Salisbury Novichok poisoning in 2018, which left former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in hospital and led to the death of Dawn Sturgess.