UK Membership of EU: Referendums

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 25th March 2019.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 14 March 2019 to Question 230725 on UK Membership of EU: Referendums, whether the Government has seen evidence of unsuccessful interference by the Russian government or other state actors; and how the Government defines (a) unsuccessful and (b) successful in this context.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Minister of State (Cabinet Office)

The Government has said previously that we have not seen evidence of successful foreign interference in UK elections and we take any allegations of interference in UK democratic processes by a foreign government extremely seriously. That remains the case. We know that certain states routinely use disinformation and other means as a foreign policy tool, and have seen evidence of this happening elsewhere. It should therefore not surprise us that they might try to influence democratic processes in the UK.

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