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Nigel Farage has said the historic Brexit referendum result could be overturned

Nigel Farage has said the historic Brexit referendum result could be overturned

As Farage has reportedly failed to provide proof of Adams' work as parliamentary assistant, the European Union is now docking the Brexiteer's pre-tax monthly pay of €8,484 (US$10,328) per month in a bid to recoup the lost funds.

Auditors investigated the role of Christopher Adams, hired by Mr Farage as an assistant, who was suspended a year ago over suspicions that his professional activities were not related to the European parliament. But Adams was also appointed to work within the anti-EU UKIP party in Britain as national nominating officer with his salary coming from the EU funds.

"Since 1 January [2018] the European parliament has withheld 50 percent in order to recoup the €40,000 (US$48,692) due in salary that was paid to Christopher Adams and which can not be proved by Farage", a parliamentary source told the Guardian.

"It would be quite an odd pairing to see someone like Nick Clegg standing shoulder to shoulder with Nigel Farage campaigning for the same thing".

MEPs earn €101,808 a year before tax and receive thousands more in expenses for staff, travel and office costs.

Two investigations were closed without any formal action.

Mr Helmer denied any wrongdoing but gave no explanation as to why he was stepping down.




A spokeswoman for the European Parliament said she could not officially confirm details regarding Farage's salary. They dismissed the salary cut as a "politically-motivated assault".

Farage has the right to appeal at the European court of justice.

Full-time MEP assistants are not allowed to do any paid work for any national political party.

But Elliott, who led the official Leave campaign, said Farage was simply seeking publicity. He is ranked 748 out of 751 MEPs and has taken part in only 37% of votes in the current parliamentary session, according to VoteWatch Europe.

In an interview with The Observer, Mr Farage said: "The Remain side are making all the running".

The Brexit campaigner now has to pay back £35,500 after financial investigators ruled that European Parliament funds money had been misapplied.


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