A crowdfunding page that sought £10,000 to hire a hitman to kill campaigner and activist Gina Miller is being investigated by UK police.
UK police have launched an investigation into a crowdfunding page that advocated for the killing of anti-Brexit campaigner and activist Gina Miller.
The crowdfunder, which had been on the GoFundMe website since April, was seeking £10,000 to hire a hitman to kill Miller, but was only reported to police on Wednesday. The page did not succeed in raising any money before it was taken down.
Responding to the crowdfunder on Twitter, Miller shared her desire for the country to “remember true British values”.
“We need to heal our nation,” she writes, “and my view is that the only way of doing that is to remember true British values of tolerance, decency, reason, civic duty, common-sense and above all else honesty and kindness.”
Gina Miller first stepped into the political spotlight in 2016, when she launched a campaign to challenge the government’s position on Article 50. Her campaign eventually led the government to give MPs a vote on invoking Article 50 – and has made her the target for many hardcore Brexiteers.
And in September, she won a landmark Supreme Court case which established that Boris Johnson’s prorogation of Parliament was, in fact, illegal – which led to parliamentary proceedings being re-established.
This is not the first time Gina Miller has been the target of violent threats online: Miller has previously spoken about being subjected to rape and death threats after she successfully lead the campaign to demand that parliament had a say on when to invoke Article 50.
In the same month as the verdict, police reported that the Metropolitan Police had issued eight “cease and desist” notices to people who had sent the activist threatening messages.
Rhodri Phillips, the fourth Viscount St Davids, was also jailed for 12 weeks back in 2017 for directing “extreme racial abuse” at Miller and offering money to anyone who would run over and kill her.
Speaking to Stylist earlier this year, Miller also explained how the numerous death threats she had received continue to affect her.
“I’m scared of never seeing my children and husband again,” she said. “When I get death threats, which is often, this thought alone often reduces me to tears.”
Miller added that her greatest fear, right now, is “that the strides we have made to become a more tolerant, equal and fair society will be rolled back in the wake of Brexit, and that my children and future generations will have to worry about who they are, the colour of their skin and how they are treated”.
However, she went on to note that her faith in humanity, and her abilities. has helped her to achieve great things. Citing the Supreme Court case, which saw her challenging the government’s authority to trigger article 50, as an example, Miller noted: “When others fell due to the febrile environment and abuse, I thought, ‘Well, of course it was going to be me’.
“I’m tough enough to withstand whatever is going to be thrown at me.”