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Among the many things linking the Conservative Party in the United Kingdom and the far-right Democratic Unionist Party in the Six Counties, the UK’s legacy colony on the island of Ireland, is the mysterious lobby group known as the Constitutional Research Council or CRC. Last year, during Britain’s turbulent referendum on its membership of the European Union, the Leave-supporting body secretly channelled hundreds of thousands of pounds into the British anti-EU campaign using the services of the xenophobic DUP. While much of this “dark money” went on an advertising blitz in the English press some of it was retained by the extremist party to fill its own coffers in the UK-administrated north-east.

Investigations by a number of news publications in Ireland and Britain quickly revealed that the CRC was founded and led by a former Tory vice-chairperson and parliamentary candidate in Scotland, Richard Cook, an individual with controversial links to leading…

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