As Parliament was closing down at the end of July, the Government finally allowed the Russian Report to be made available to MPs along with its initial response which has been made public. It is very clear that there were far to few answers and a great deal of new questions which all emerged as Parliament closed down. As we begin to approach the return of Parliament a number of MPs have begun to work together to call for a proper response. This has been published in the Guardian today here. We need to encourage the MPs who include Caroline Lucas, Chris Bryant, Ben Bradshaw, Paul Strasburger and Alyn Smith to move forward with this. The Goverment’s response includes the following:
The paragraph 12 of the report which states “there are a number of unnecessarily complicated wiring diagrams that do not provide the clear lines of accountability that are needed.”
Later on in the report Paragraph 47 states “Whilst the issues at stake in the EU referendum campaign are less clear-cut, it is nonetheless the Committee’s view that the UK intelligence and security community should produce an analogous assessment of potential Russian interference in the EU referendum and that an unclassified summary of it be published.” and the response from the Government to this call is “We have seen no evidence of successful interference in the EU Referendum.” so they claim they have not seen any evidence of interference and yet are not prepared to demonstrate that there was none. This is clearly not sufficient and so there is an urgent need for the Referendum to be reviewed before we leave the EU!
Indeed the MPs are now threatening to sue Boris Johnson unless he orders an independent investigation into Russian interference in recent UK elections and the 2016 Brexit vote. This seems to be very sensible and it needs to take place very quickly. Indeed given the impact from Russia towards the USA it would seem very sensible to call for a US report at the same time!