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Brexit campaigner orders EU's Verhofstadt to retract claim of Russian collusion

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(Reuters) - Lawyers for ordered the European Parliament's on Wednesday to retract a claim that Banks colluded with to deliver Britain's vote to leave the

Guy Verhofstadt, who leads the coordination team, said on on Wednesday that far-right and right wing leaders across made up a fifth column of cheerleaders for Russian

In a letter to Verhofstadt, Bank's lawyers, Mishcon de Reya, quoted the tweet which mentioned former as a and said Banks "colluded w/ Russians to deliver #Brexit".

"Anyone reading the tweet would be left in no doubt that it defames our client," said in the letter to Verhofstadt. "Please now delete the tweet and tweet a retraction."

Banks said Verhofstadt's remark was "an outrageous statement".

"We are not funded by the Russians," he told "If he does not retract the statement, we will go ahead and sue him for defamation. So he can save himself a whole load of time and money and just retract it."

Verhofstadt did not immediately reply to a request for comment made outside normal business hours.

(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Michael Holden)

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First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 01:53 IST