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14 January 2018, 12:07 | Devin Moran
Brexit campaigner Farage leaves a meeting with EU's chief Brexit negotiator Barnier in Brussels Thomson Reuters
Nigel Farage's salary has been docked by half following an investigation which accused him of misspending funds intended for his office in the European parliament.
"Since 1 January  the European parliament has withheld 50% in order to recoup the €40,000 due in salary that was paid to Christopher Adams and which can not be proved by Farage", a parliamentary source told the paper.
Mr Farage and seven other UKIP MEPs were investigated by the European Parliament after the allegations surfaced previous year.
Andrew Adonis, who resigned as head of a government-backed infrastructure commission last month, said: "So Nigel Farage wants a referendum on Mrs May's Brexit deal".
Farage's pension from the European Union should be worth about €80,000 per year with a transitional allowance worth more than €100,000 when he steps down as an MEP in 2019 as the United Kingdom leaves the EU. Helmer, who gave no explanation of his decision to stand down halfway through the parliamentary term, has always denied wrongdoing.
Two investigations were closed without any formal action. We've won the vote, why would we put that at risk by having a second one? They dismissed the salary cut as a "politically-motivated assault".
Farage has the right to appeal at the European court of justice.
Full-time MEP assistants are not allowed to do any paid work for any national political party.
But, if MEPs fail to "provide any justification or proof" that their funded assistants are only carrying out EU-related duties, "then the administration may recover the money by withholding part of the MEP's salary".
Website Votewatch Europe listed Farage 748th out of 751 MEPs for voting participation at the European Parliament.
Talk of a second referendum - long favoured by Remain backers - has come to the fore in recent days after Nigel Farage, one of the architects of Brexit, said he believed there is now an argument to say one should be held.
The Brexit campaigner now has to pay back £35,500 after financial investigators ruled that European Parliament funds money had been misapplied.
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