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Gina Miller launches Brexit tactical voting campaign
Investment manager who led legal challenge to government's Brexit strategy wants to highlight candidates backing vote on EU negotiation.
Gina Miller, who fronted a successful legal challenge to the government's Brexit strategy, is trying to raise £10,000 for a campaign to encourage tactical voting in June's general election.
Miller (pictured), who founded asset management business SCM Private, was behind the Supreme Court challenge to the government's decision to trigger Article 50 without a vote in the House of Commons.
Thelegal challenge was successful and forced the government to hold votes on beginning the process of leaving the EU in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. The bill was passed by both Houses.
Miller has now launched the 'Do what's best for Britain' campaign encouraging people to vote in favour of candidates who promise a vote on the terms of the UK's exit deal.
The campaign's crowdfunding page says it is looking to raise £10,000. According to the page, this money will be used to 'back candidates who pledge to support a full and free vote on the Brexit deal' and work with organisations that hold similar goals. The campaign adds none of the money raised will be used for staff salaries.
Best for Britain will be led by campaign director Eloise Todd, who previously worked for anti-poverty organisation the ONE Campaign.
Miller said the election in June was the most important vote in recent UK history.
'If the deal the next government negotiates doesn't match up to our current terms, MPs should do what is Best for Britain and reject it. We will be asking MPs to pledge to keep an open mind and not be bullied into giving the next government a blank cheque for the final deal,' she said.
Yesterday prime minister Theresa May announced plans to hold a general election on 8 June. In a speech revealing the decision, May said an election would strengthen the UK's hand when negotiating a deal and accused opposition parties of 'game playing' on Brexit.
‘If we do not hold a general election now then their political game playing will continue and negotiations with the EU will reach their most difficult stage in the run up to the next general election. We need a general election and we need one now,’ May said.
‘In recent weeks Labour has threatened to vote against the final deal to be reached with the European Union, the Liberal Democrats have said they want to grind the government to a standstill and unelected members of the House of Lords have vowed to fight us at every step.'
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