Cam­paign aims to ‘end chaos of Brexit’ – Miller

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BUSI­NESS­WOMAN Gina Miller has launched a na­tional cam­paign to “end the chaos” of Brexit by pub­lish­ing “un­spun facts” so peo­ple can de­cide for them­selves what they want to hap­pen next.

An­nounc­ing the move­ment in Dover yes­ter­day, she said “po­lit­i­cal in­fight­ing” and other “bit­ter” ten­sions ris­ing from the de­bate had “mired” the coun­try.

She hopes the “light of trans­parency” by spread­ing im­par­tial in­for­ma­tion will “dis­in­fect the poi­sonous and un­pro­duc­tive” Brexit de­bates the coun­try is “sick of”.

The Guyanese-Bri­tish 53-year-old, who won a High Court case against the gov­ern­ment over the in­volve­ment of Par­lia­ment in Brexit, said in a speech: “To­day there are just 196 days to go un­til our sched­uled de­par­ture from the Euro­pean Union.

“The end of 46 years of shared his­tory, ex­pe­ri­ence and en­deav­our with our Euro­pean part­ners and al­lies.

“Ev­ery day, the hour glass runs emp­tier, the clock ticks more loudly.

“But where is that set­tled plan that we were once promised would be so easy?

“What lit­tle con­fi­dence there might once have been is now, sadly, in very short sup­ply.

“There is a panic in the air – and time is fast run­ning out.

“Many Bri­tons, ir­re­spec­tive of whether they voted Leave or Re­main on 23 June 2016, are be­gin­ning to won­der how this jour­ney will end.

“The re­al­ity is that no-one truly un­der­stands what Brexit means for Bri­tain.”

Speak­ing at a town hall in the Kent con­stituency which voted 62.2% to leave the EU, she de­scribed Dover as a “bea­con” of Bri­tain’s her­itage.

The Dover Strait, the world’s busiest ship­ping lane, was a “vi­tal life­line” for the coun­try and “cru­cial” to the econ­omy, she said, adding: “It is the short­est pos­si­ble dis­tance across the Dover Strait to con­ti­nen­tal Europe. Just 18 miles.

“In fact, we’re closer to France than we are to Can­ter­bury.”

She asked: “Did Dover res­i­dents who voted Leave re­alise the out­come of that de­ci­sion could po­ten­tially leave them ma­rooned in their homes for up to three months fol­low­ing our de­par­ture from the EU on March 29 next year?

“Of course they didn’t.

“Quite nat­u­rally, they be­lieved they had voted to de­liver a safer, more se­cure coun­try – a more pros­per­ous fu­ture for them­selves and their fam­i­lies.

“What we have ended up with is a nation haunted by di­vi­sion, anx­i­ety and un­hap­pi­ness.”

She said it would be “grotesque” if the UK dis­solved as an “un­in­tended con­se­quence” of Brexit and de­scribed the cur­rent state of af­fairs as re­sem­bling a “Brex-sui­cide”.

She added: “This is not, surely, how it was meant to be? This is not what we want for our­selves or what we wish to be­queath to our chil­dren and grand­chil­dren.”

Call­ing on politi­cians to listen to the thoughts of peo­ple “be­yond Zone 2”, she claimed they were “stuck in their West­min­ster bub­ble”.

Over the last two months she said she had trav­elled the coun­try speak­ing to Bri­tons from “ev­ery back­ground and walk of life” to ask them what they think the out­come of the process should be.

She said her in­quiries re­vealed peo­ple were “yearn­ing for un­spun facts” free from “ide­o­log­i­cal jar­gon”, adding: “We will aim to pro­vide th­ese in an un­der­stand­able, hon­est and im­par­tial man­ner.”

The cam­paign was prompted by a “to­tal lack of clar­ity” over Brexit and be­cause it was “morally and demo­crat­i­cally right to give peo­ple as much in­for­ma­tion as pos­si­ble about the im­pli­ca­tions of Brexit so that they can make in­formed choices”., will help peo­ple make their “own trusted judg­ments”, she said.

> Cam­paigner and busi­ness­woman Gina Miller launches a na­tional pro­gramme of Brexit-fo­cused ac­tion yes­ter­day

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