Downing Street lobby briefing on Lycamobile, Windrush, stop and search and Brexit

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19th April 2018

At a briefing for journalists today a Downing Street spokesman was asked about the Lycamobile scandal, whether immigration rules were akin to Nazi Germany, and Brexit defeats last night in the House of Lords.

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Asked about reports by BuzzFeed News that officials refused to assist an investigation into major Tory donor Lycamobile as part of a French money laundering probe, the spokesman said: “HMRC never takes political donations into account when it makes decisions on whether to investigate a business. The request was rejected because it did not contain sufficient information for HMRC to seek a search warrant...

“My understanding from HMRC is the information was only provided as background to offer a detailed profile of the company to their French counterparts but it was not taken into account by HMRC in deciding whether to support the French application."