Meet woman born in Guyana who won High Court case that puts brakes on Brexit

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(BBC) Investment manager Gina Miller has been the lead claimant in the case to get Parliament to vote on whether the UK can start the process of leaving the EU – but who is she?

 

Ms Miller, 51, is an investment manager and philanthropist who was born in Guyana but grew up in Britain, co-founding the investment firm SCM Private in 2009.

 

She launched True and Fair with her hedge fund manager husband, Alan, which campaigns against mis-selling and hidden fund charges in the City of London’s fund management industry.

 

According to an interview with the Financial Times in April, this has led some in the industry to label her the “black-widow spider”.

 

Speaking about a time she asked three men at an industry party why they were staring at her, she told the paper: “One of them replied that I was a disgrace and that my lobbying efforts would bring down the entire City.”

 

Her charity, the True and Fair Foundation, formerly known as Miller Philanthropy, was launched in 2009.

 

The foundation says it supports smaller charities by providing funding and support. Charity Commission records show it spent £135,982 in 2015.

 

Ms Miller launched the Brexit legal case along with London-based Spanish hairdresser Deir Dos Santos and the People’s Challenge group, set up by Grahame Pigney and backed by a crowd-funding campaign.

 

Three London law firms – Mishcon de Reya, Edwin Coe and Bindmans – agreed to take up the case.

 

Ms Miller has argued that only Parliament can make a decision that leads to the loss of her “rights” under EU law.

 

But she has stressed throughout that the challenge is not an attempt to overturn the referendum decision, telling BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “We are all leavers now.”

 

Speaking after the High Court announced its verdict, Ms Miller said: “The result today is about all of us.”

 

“It’s not about me or my team. It’s about our United Kingdom and all our futures.”

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