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Gina Miller: ‘Someone has put a £5000 bounty on my head’

FACING THREATS: Gina Miller

THE BUSINESSWOMAN who has halted the government’s plans to trigger Article 50 and leave the European Union has revealed she has had to spend £60,000 on personal security measures after receiving death threats and abuse on social media.

Gina Miller said she decided to beef up protection after a £5,000 reward was offered on social media to anyone who ran her over.

In an interview with the Sunday Times, Miller, a London-based investment manager for SCM Private, revealed that she had to spend the money to address security risks.

BURDEN

Mrs Miller said: “There is a security burden that I had not envisaged. I have had to take measures for myself and my staff as well as for the business and website — all in all, we're talking £50,000-£60,000. It may be more, depending on what happens at the Supreme Court.

"Somebody has put a bounty on my head on social media, offering £5,000 to anybody who runs me over.”

ABUSE

In another national newspaper interview she revealed she had received abuse from online trolls who had called for her to be shot dead, while others had wished cancer on her.

Miller was the sole claimant in a historic lawsuit that sought a judicial review of the Government’s intention to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty without seeking approval from Parliament.

VOTE

Early last month High Court judges agreed with her ruling that Parliament had to vote on whether the UK can start the process of leaving the European Union.
It means that the government cannot trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty - beginning formal discussions with the EU - on its own.

The government is appealing the decision and a further hearing will take place at the Supreme Court this month.
If Miller wins again, it could derail Prime Minister Theresa May's plans to trigger Article 50 by March 2017.

In a letter sent to the big political parties, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission appealed for politicians on both sides of the bitter EU row to tone down their rhetoric.
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HATE

The letter said: “We are concerned that attacks on supporters of both sides of the Brexit debate have polarised many parts of the country.

“There are those who used, and continue to use, public concern about immigration policy and the economy to legitimise hate.

“The vast majority of people who voted to leave the European Union did so because they believe it is best for Britain and not because they are intolerant of others.”
The letter calls on the Government to do more to combat hate peddled by a 'small minority'.

It also suggests there should be a review of the effectiveness of sentencing for hate crimes in England and Wales, including the ability to increase sentencing for these types of crimes.

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