Last Tuesday was one of the days many people in the UK and overseas have been waiting for. After weeks of uncertainty the Supreme Court ruled that triggering of the famous Art 50 is not the sole decision of the Prime Minister. Now it is more than clear – Mrs May, regardless of her belief in the prerogative powers she possess, can start Brexit negotiations only with a prior consent from the Parliament.
The court’s ruling is not as important as it refers to a precedent case when a member state decides to leave the EU, it is important because it reaffirms the democratic principles, often forgotten by the ruling elites these days.
If the UK had a written constitution, and If the UK wasn’t a modern monarchy with the prerogative powers being executed by the Prime Minister instead of the Monarch, the case would have been straight forward.
However, fortunately in this complicated circumstances there are people like Gina Miller who fight for democratic values and justice.
It was her, who filed the case to the court and it was her belief in democracy which won the appeal.
Despite being the woman who successfully challenged the government, she remains humble.
“The Brexit judgement isn’t a victory for me, but for our constitution,” that’s how she expressed herself in The Guardian.
Born at Guyana (which was a British colony at that time) she came to the UK with her brother when she was a teenager. Because of the political situation her parents weren’t allowed to send them the money, so both siblings had to combine school with part time jobs.
As Mrs Miller recalls in the article for Vogue “Whilst we missed our parents dreadfully, and it was difficult juggling our home lives with homework and school, it made us who we are today.”
She is an owner of a marketing company and fights for transparency and accountability in financial sector. In 2009 she set up a charity True and Fair Foundation encouraging the successful people to philanthropy.
Since November she is in the centre of public witch-hunt sparkled by the Brexit supporters and right-wing media.
— Andrew (@AndrewStoneman) 5 November 2016
“I have been shocked by the level of personal abuse from many quarters I have received over the last seven months for simply asking a legitimate question,” she said yesterday after the ruling.
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) 24 January 2017
She has experienced racial abuse and has been receiving rape and death threats.
— Westmonster News (@westmonsternews) 25 January 2017
She was forced to hire a private security company and is trying to avoid public transport, but she didn’t give up.
A very important day for our democracy. We should all be grateful to Gina Miller, who took on the bullies and won. https://t.co/AxUJAf3AHP
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) 24 January 2017
She taught a very important lesson not only to the UK but to the whole world that “no Prime Minister, no government can expect to be unanswerable or unchallenged.”
We need to learn that, before it will be too late.