Case opened over concerns about Institute of Economic Affairs’ political independence

The Charity Commission has announced an investigation into the Institute of Economic Affairs thinktank after it emerged that the thinktank offered potential US donors access to UK government ministers as it raised cash for research to promote free-trade deals demanded by hardline Brexiters.

The commission said it had opened a regulatory compliance case into the IEA on the basis of concerns about its political independence.

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