Gina Miller, pictured at her launch event in London today, urges people to vote ‘tactically’ against Brexit on June 8
Gina Miller urged the Remoaners to vote ‘tactically’ to curb Brexit today as she kicks off an election campaign after raising nearly £ 300,000 in just one week.
The businesswoman and former model has unveiled her latest campaign to limit the impact of leaving the EU after Theresa May urged voters to give her a “mandate” for impending talks with Brussels.
“Only tactical voting in this election will ensure that Parliament plays its full role,” she said at an event in central London.
Ms Miller also insisted that she didn’t think it was impossible that Brexit could be stopped completely. But she herself ruled out standing for election.
A campaign spokeswoman confirmed that it was the “trading name” of the UK-EU Open Policy group, which was backed by Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson.
Best for Britain will support candidates in the June 8 poll who want to limit the impact of leaving the EU.
But Tory MP Peter Bone told MailOnline it was clearly a ‘political’ vehicle aimed at Tories and disrupting Theresa May’s efforts to get the UK ‘best possible deal’ with Brexit .
Ms MIller said: “In this election it will be about voting for candidates who reflect the views of all their constituents and put principle above politics.
“That’s why last week I created a crowdfunding page that nearly 10,000 people have already donated to, raising an incredible £ 300,000.
“This grassroots movement wants the best for Britain and they support our call to elect MPs to Parliament willing to put party politics aside to ensure the best deal for Britain is In terms of Brexit, this means MPs who want to see all options on the table.
“People are worried about the future direction of this country, they believe in parliamentary democracy and they believe, like us, that only tactical voting in this election can ensure that Parliament plays its full role in the future. from this country.”
Gina Miller launched her Best for Britain campaign today after raising almost £ 300,000 in less than a week
Ms Miller pictured with campaign manager Eloise Todd at the launch event in central London today
A spokesperson for Best for Britain confirmed it was a ‘business name’ for the UK-EU Open Policy group, which the Mail previously revealed to have received support from Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson .
In her appeal on thegofundme website, Ms Miller said she would tour fringe constituencies to make sure the government did not have a mandate to “destroy our rights and our relationship with Europe”.
“We must prevent MPs and the people from being forced into an extreme Brexit which is not in Britain’s best interests,” she wrote.
“We will support candidates who campaign for a real final Brexit vote, including the rejection of any deal that would make Britain’s situation worse.
Gina Miller has now raised over £ 280,000 to support anti-Brexit candidates in general election
The Best for Britain campaign championed by Ms Miller (pictured at launch today) is committed to supporting any candidate who is against a ‘hard’ Brexit.
Posting on the gofundme website, Ms Miller said she would tour fringe constituencies to end ‘Extreme Brexit’
“We will use the money to support candidates who pledge to support a full and free vote on the Brexit deal. We will also work with organizations with the same goals. ‘
The UK-EU open policy group was formed last October by Europhiles, including former Blairite minister Alan Milburn.
The Mail revealed earlier this year that Sir Richard – who was a prominent Remain activist in the EU referendum – had donated office space for the project as well as £ 25,000.
Within 15 hours of launching the Best for Britain campaign last week, she had received pledges of over £ 1,500. The total has now reached around £ 285,000.
Ms Miller rose to prominence last year when she challenged Ms May’s right to trigger the Section 50 process using executive powers.
Instead, the government pushed through the Brexit law despite efforts by MPs and peers supporting Remain to mitigate it.
The 52-year-old has made it clear that she will continue to fight to limit the impact of Brexit despite abuse and death threats.
Last month Ms Miller threatened another legal challenge unless Theresa May guarantees a “meaningful vote” on any new deal with the EU.
Gina Miller said she could think of “nothing better to do” with her money than to make sure the Prime Minister gets the package back to the Commons.
The comments came after activists obtained a legal opinion that Britain’s “real withdrawal” will have to be authorized by a new act of Parliament.
Conservative MP Mr Bone said: “Obviously, she has the right to campaign for whomever she wants.”
“But personally I think whatever your take on the EU you should make known, but you really shouldn’t be involved in what is clearly an attempt to vote against the Conservative candidates and not support Theresa May in her efforts to get the best deal for the UK.
“This is clearly an entry into partisan politics from someone who has always said it is in the national interest.”
Theresa May, pictured during a visit to a steel plant in Newport yesterday, said she needed a mandate to move Brexit negotiations forward
HOW GINA MILLER ENTERS THE BATTLE FOR BREXIT
June 2016: The Brexit vote obtained in the European referendum
June 2016: Gina Miller takes legal action to question whether Theresa May can invoke section 50 without Parliament passing a new law.
November 2016: The High Court defies expectations and backs Miller in an embarrassing defeat for the government. May swears to appeal.
Principal Plaintiff Gina Miller arrives at Supreme Court in Parliament Square ahead of Section 50 ruling on January 24
November 2016: In the aftermath of the result, Miller is subjected to a torrent of abuse, which has resulted in arrests.
December 2016: The 11 Supreme Court justices are considering the issue in a landmark constitutional law case that lasts four days. During the hearing, a symbolic vote of the Commons takes place in favor of triggering Article 50.
January 2016: Supreme Court justices uphold the High Court’s decision. May pledges to continue his plans to invoke Article 50 by the end of March.
February 2016: Legislation for Section 50 is rushed through the Commons without amendment in a series of historic votes.