The BBC reports:
Boris Johnson has been ordered to appear in court over claims he lied by saying the UK gave the EU £350m a week. The Tory leadership candidate has been accused of misconduct in public office after making the claim during the 2016 EU referendum campaign.
It is a private prosecution launched by campaigner Marcus Ball, who crowdfunded £200,000 for the case. Mr Johnson’s representatives have called the case a “stunt” that is being “brought for political purposes”.
The preliminary hearing will take place at Westminster Magistrates’ Court and the case will then be sent to the Crown Court for trial. The £350m figure was used by the pro-Brexit Vote Leave group throughout the referendum campaign on the side of a red bus, calling for the UK to “fund our NHS instead”.
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) May 29, 2019
Tory leadership contender Boris Johnson is set to appear to court over claims he was lying when he said the UK gave the EU 350-million pound a week.
The figure was plastered over a red campaign bus in the run-up to the EU referendum. pic.twitter.com/XqScb2c7g2
— HitsRadioNewsUK (@hitsradionews) May 29, 2019