Transparency International (TI), the global body leading the fight against corruption has warned the UK not to be complacent in tackling corruption. This warning came as UK’s ranking in TI’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) slipped from 8th to the 11th position. According to TI, this is the first time that the UK has gone down in the index, and “the lowest score since the UK hosted its global Anti-Corruption Summit in 2016”. The Executive Director of TI UK, Robert Barrington said

“A number of themes from this year’s index will serve as an important warning to the UK against complacency in tackling corruption, not least with the prospect of post-Brexit pressure to lower standards. Scandals in this past year such as an MP being found guilty of taking undeclared holidays paid for by a foreign state, as well as serious questions over the provenance of money used in the EU referendum, should send an early warning signal to the government – but we are not sure they are listening.”

He further stated that:

“The UK has in the past been rightly proud of the improvement in its CPI score, but fighting corruption involves constant vigilance and not just one-off initiatives. The substantial fall in score of the US also demonstrates what can go wrong and how quickly when governments in mature democracies become complacent over corruption”.

TI executive director also observed that although

“hosting corrupt kleptocrats in London does not affect the score on this index of public sector corruption, the UK government should be aware of the detrimental impact it has on the UK’s international standing.”