A plot to bring down Theresa May would be the “worst possible thing to do at this moment in time” as Britain continues with the Brexit negotiations, Gina Miller has said.
The businesswoman and campaigner, who was behind the Supreme Court case that forced Ms May to get parliamentary approval for triggering Article 50, warned against any further uncertainty after reports of plans to oust the Prime Minister.
In recent months there have been several suggestions of “coups” against Ms May, ranging from backbench MPs making plans to remove her to Boris Johnson and Michael Gove providing the Prime Minister with a letter filled with Brexit instructions.
Ms Miller has now urged Ms May to show leadership and “have the vision” to make demands of the EU during the Brexit negotiations.
“When it comes to bringing down Theresa May, I think it would be the worst possible thing to do at this moment in time,” Ms Miller told The Independent. “I would say that we are living in enough uncertainty without our Prime Minister being brought down.”
The comments come as Ms Miller denied reports that billionaire financier George Soros had funded any of her recent campaigns.
The organisation Best for Britain, which was founded by Ms Miller, reportedly took a donation of £400,000 from the Hungarian-born businessman, who made £1bn by betting against the pound on Black Wednesday, just before the UK pulled out of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism.
Mr Soros’s involvement with Best for Britain is understood to have emerged after he entertained six Conservative donors at his house in Chelsea.
Citing a leaked strategy document, The Daily Telegraph reported that Best for Britain was planning to target MPs to encourage them to vote against a final deal on Brexit, triggering another referendum.
Reports had linked Best for Britain to Ms Miller but she told The Independent she had left the group in 2017, and was adamant she had nothing to do with the donation or the organisation.
“The report is completely untrue in connecting it with me. I have not had anything to do with that organisation, or the funders of that organisation, or the individuals in that organisation, since the day after the [general election] last June,” Ms Miller said.
She did however say that as long as there was transparency she had no issue with Mr Soros donating money to organisations in the UK.
“What I do know about Soros with my other hat on, which is a philanthropic one, is that he is a great believer and defender in democracy, not just in the UK but globally,” Ms Miller said.
“To give away £18bn of his money to fight for democracy and fight for individual rights, who am I or anyone else as far I am concerned, to say that he doesn’t have the right to do that.
“If he is donating his money to what he believes is defending democracy and is transparent about that, that is up to him to answer for his reasons."