The UK government failed to establish if Russia interfered in the 2016 referendum on EU membership, according to parliamentary report released on Tuesday that demands the intelligence community to investigate the issue and make its findings public.
The report by parliament’s intelligence and security committee concluded that Russia attempted to influence the referendum in 2014 when voters in Scotland rejected independence.
The committee also concluded that it was not possible to determine whether Russia tried or not to influence the European Union referendum. According to the report when asked for evidence, Britain’s main intelligence agency MI5 had produced just six lines of text.
The report cast Russia as a hostile power which posed a significant threat to Britain and the West across a range of fronts, from espionage and cyber to election meddling and laundering dirty money.
It is reported that there are open source indications showing that Russia attempted to influence the Brexit campaign, although hard evidence has been not produced.