Published: 18:47, 15 August 2019
| Updated: 19:05, 15 August 2019
A former Kent university student has vowed to continue his legal fight to hold to account Boris Johnson over his claim the NHS could get £350m extra a week after Brexit.
Marcus Ball had accused the Prime Minister of "abusing public trust" by claiming the NHS could get £350m extra a week if it left the EU.
The claim proved a notorious flashpoint during the referendum campaign in 2016 and was hotly disputed by the ‘remain’ campaign groups.
Mr Ball is a history graduate from Canterbury Christchurch College, finishing his studies in 2014 and for a while ran his own business in the city.
He took up the cudgels against Mr Johnson and had hoped to win a legal battle over the contentious claim which infamously appeared on the side of a pro-leave battlebus.
But he has lost his bid to take the case to the Supreme Court. The High Court had thrown out his case in June - but Mr Ball applied for leave to appeal to the UK's highest court.
However, that appeal was rejected by Lady Justice Rafferty. Despite the apparent setback, Mr Ball was defiant, vowing to continue the fight to bring Mr Johnson to book.
He said:"This isn't over, we are not giving up. We are pursuing it, absolutely."
In a statement, he added: "The offence of misconduct in public office has itself never come before the Supreme Court and is in great need of their attention and clarification."
Mr Johnson's lawyers have always argued that there was nothing improperor dishonest about the claim and challenged the case at the High Court.
Mr Ball could still continue his legal battle by applying directly to the Supreme Court, challenging the decision in the European Courts or making another attempt at a prosecution. He had successfully crowdfunded more than £390,000 for legal fees to fight the case.
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