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Best for Britain
Best for Britain logo.png
Formation 26 April 2017
Founder Gina Miller
Focus Continuing UK relationship with the EU
Headquarters 11 Manchester Square, London, United Kingdom, W1U 3PW
Coordinates 51°31′02″N 0°09′12″W / 51.51735°N 0.15335°W / 51.51735; -0.15335Coordinates: 51°31′02″N 0°09′12″W / 51.51735°N 0.15335°W / 51.51735; -0.15335
Chair
Mark Malloch Brown[1]
Key people
Gina Miller, Eloise Todd
Website www.bestforbritain.org

Best for Britain is a political campaign, launched on 26 April 2017,[2] "fighting to keep the door open to EU membership."[3]

Aims[edit]

Best for Britain aims to stop Brexit and have a new referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union.[1]

Organisation[edit]

At the end of 2017, the ex-diplomat Lord Malloch-Brown became chair of Best for Britain.[4]

History[edit]

Tactical voting campaign[edit]

In 2017, Best for Britain launched what it claimed was the UK's largest ever tactical voting campaign.[5] Gina Miller, a director of Best for Britain, launched a crowdfunding appeal for a tactical voting initiative on 19 April 2017 in response to Theresa May's announcement of a snap election to be held on 8 June.[6] The stated aim of this appeal is to support candidates who are opposed to an extreme Brexit, are committed to a meaningful vote on the eventual Brexit deal, and will be prepared to defend the interests of the British people and reject a deal that leaves Britain worse off. The crowdfunding campaign has received donations from more than 10,000 people,[7] and raised over £350,000.[8]

Best for Britain launched its campaign on 26 April 2017 at a press conference at the Institute of Contemporary Arts. Statements were given by Gina Miller and Best for Britain's CEO, Eloise Todd.[9] Miller stated: "We need to prevent MPs and the people being forced into an extreme Brexit that is not in Britain's best interests. ... We will support candidates who campaign for a real final vote on Brexit, including rejecting any deal that leaves Britain worse off."[10] The campaign is providing support for approved candidates, donating money directly to local candidates, issuing tactical voting recommendations to the public, and using technology and social media to spread its message.[2]

Support[edit]

In February 2018, it was reported in The Daily Telegraph, and confirmed by the campaign group, that George Soros, through his foundations, had contributed £400,000 to the campaign.[1][11]

Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "George Soros donated money to campaign for a rerun of Britain's EU referendum". Reuters. 7 February 2018. Retrieved 8 February 2018. 
  2. ^ a b Sands, Mark (26 April 2017). "Brexit campaigner Gina Miller launches "Best for Britain" tactical voting campaign". City AM. Retrieved 8 May 2017. 
  3. ^ Todd, Eloise. "The News That Is Making Theresa May Panic About Brexit". HuffPost UK. Retrieved 18 October 2017. 
  4. ^ Wintour, Patrick (17 December 2017). "Former diplomat to lead remainers' bid to shift public opinion on Brexit". Reuters. Retrieved 8 February 2018. 
  5. ^ Roberts, Dan (19 April 2017). "Gina Miller to launch tactical voting initiative against hard Brexit". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 May 2017. 
  6. ^ Denham, Katherine (19 April 2017). "Gina Miller launches snap election campaign". Financial Times. Retrieved 8 May 2017. 
  7. ^ O'Carroll, Lisa (26 April 2017). "Gina Miller raises £300,000 for candidates to oppose hard Brexit". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 May 2017. 
  8. ^ "Best for Britain GoFundMe". Retrieved 8 May 2017. 
  9. ^ Holden, Michael (26 April 2017). "Brexit challenger begins tactical vote campaign, cautions markets over optimism". Reuters. Retrieved 8 May 2017. 
  10. ^ Sommers, Jack (19 April 2017). "Gina Miller Launches Crowd Funding Campaign To Tour Britain Opposing 'Extreme Brexit'". Huffington Post. Retrieved 8 May 2017. 
  11. ^ "Pro-EU campaign secures £400,000 from George Soros". BBC News. February 8, 2018. Retrieved February 9, 2018. 

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