IT’S PROBABLY fair to say that Brexit is the most important political event to happen in Britain this century so far.
And businesswoman Gina Miller’s role in the increasingly divisive national debate about it has seen her hailed as a remarkable woman of courage and principle, someone who took on the government – and won.
Miller, 52, became a public figure when, in 2016, she led the successful legal challenge which forced Theresa May to get Parliament’s approval before triggering Article 50 and leaving the European Union.
Her victory was hailed as the greatest legal upset of modern times. It came as no surprise to many in the black community when she was named as the most influential black person in Britain by the 2018 Powerlist, beating the likes of British Vogue editor Edward Enninful, grime star Stormzy and boxer Anthony Joshua.
The list recognises people in the UK of African and African Caribbean heritage who are rated on their “ability to change lives and alter events”.
Praise has also come from other arenas. Journalist and broadcaster Rachel Johnson, sister of prime minister Boris Johnson, has described as Miller as a “remarkable woman, whose courage one can only admire, whatever your politics”.
And Baroness Helena Kennedy QC said that Miller was “strong, resourceful, principled and brilliant – a heroine for our times”.
But her national profile has come at a huge cost.
Her success in taking on the government has seen her become a hate figure for many hardline Brexit supporters.
In Miller they not only saw a passionate Remainer but also a feisty black female who made no apologies about her willingness to fight for what she believed in…
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