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Meet Gina Miller, the woman who took Brexit to court

"I still think we have a huge lack of honesty and transparency and reasonableness about Brexit."
Founding partner of SCM Private LLP Gina Miller is seen after the High Court decides that the Prime Minister cannot trigger Brexit without the approval of the MPs. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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On Wednesday, British Prime Minister Theresa May's government suffered a defeat as members of her own party sided with the opposition, backing an amendment that gives parliament a decisive vote on the final Brexit deal.

The road to Brexit has not been smooth.

Businesswoman and transparency advocate Gina Miller has been keeping a close eye on the process — despite being subject to death threats.

I still think we have a huge lack of honesty and transparency and reasonableness about Brexit- Gina Miller

Last year, Miller took the U.K. government to court, arguing that parliament needed to vote on the process of leaving the European Union — that the government could not trigger Brexit negotiations without the approval of MPs.

She won the case at the Supreme Court in January 2017.

But her fight isn't over.

Financial entrepreneur Gina Miller, one of the claimants who challenged plans for Brexit, leaves the High Court in London, Nov. 3, 2016. (Tim Ireland/AP)

"I still think we have a huge lack of honesty and transparency and reasonableness about Brexit," Miller tells The Current's Anna Maria Tremonti.

Miller has been accused of being a wealthy elitist who wants to overturn the will of the people, but she says she is not campaigning for Britain to stay in the European Union. She says she simply wants the government to be honest about what Brexit will bring.

"People have been overpromised that by leaving the EU, many things that are wrong in our society will be healed," says Miller, who is a founding partner of SCM Direct Wealth Management.

"That is not the case. The politicians are not addressing the underlying issues."

British Prime Minister Theresa May walks out at 10 Downing Street to meet European Council President Donald Tusk in London, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. (Frank Augstein/Associated Press)

Miller, who immigrated to the U.K. from Guyana as a child, has suffered vicious — and often racist — attacks for expressing her views.

Rhodri Philipps, the 4th Viscount St Davids, was sentenced to 12 weeks in jail for writing a post on Facebook about Miller that said "£5,000 for the first person to 'accidentally' run over this bloody troublesome first generation immigrant. This f***ing boat jumper comes to our country, then believes she knows better than the people of our country, what is best for us. If this is what we should expect from immigrants send them back to their stinking jungles."

"The voices who are looking to divide our society and to blame others for everything, basically, feel that they can threaten me, my family, do me harm, because of the colour of my skin," she says.

An Anti-Brexit protester waves EU and Union flags outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, Dec. 5, 2017. (Simon Dawson/Reuters)

Miller now has full-time security, and rarely leaves her house, especially with her children.

"I don't really go out with them much anymore because I don't want them to be present if anything should happen to me," says Miller.

But she says it's also for the sake of her children's future — and the future of the U.K. — that she won't back down on advocating for transparency and honesty.

"I want to fight for the country that I think we can become again," says Miller.


Listen to the full conversation above.


This segment was produced by The Current's Karin Marley.