Gina Miller is either a selfless saviour or a destroyer of democracy, depending on your political stance. She emerged post-Brexit referendum when she brought the weight of the High Court against the government, fighting to stop Article 50 being triggered without Parliament’s approval. She won. The vicious abuse she received from the public thereafter reached such intensity that Miller and her family were placed under police protection. But now she’s back to make every vote count in this week’s European parliamentary election – a proxy People’s Vote.
The 54-year-old business owner’s top tip for sticking it to the establishment might be a first: she wants you to vote Liberal Democrat. Or, if you’re in Scotland, SNP; Plaid Cymru in Wales. It’s part of her tactical voting model, designed to block Brexiteers from Brussels.
Research commissioned by her via Remain United suggests the Brexit Party could take nearly 40 per cent of votes overall. The campaign claims no political allegiances, but its stance on the EU is clear: “If Brexiteers represent us for the next five years, they’ll destroy our place in the EU from within,” Miller says.
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Other polls put Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party at 30 per cent, compared to Labour’s 21 per cent and the Tories’ 12 per cent (which would be the party’s worst performance in a nationwide election since 1834). Miller’s model makes recommendations to people on how to vote based on the most popular pro-EU party in their region.
“I call myself a transparency campaigner,” she says. “I’ve always felt the most important thing is that the general public have the ability to make an informed choice and they should be told the truth. Only then can we confidently make decisions for the country. It’s something we’re missing in the political sphere.”