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Gina Miller calls for Truss and Kwarteng to step down

Gina Miller discusses her new True and Fair political party

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Arch-Remainer Gina Miller has accused Liz Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng of “financial vandalism” – and called on “Tory MPs with a conscience” to force them to quit. However, some critics countered by pouring scorn on the businesswoman over her high-profile attempt to stop Britain from stymieing Brexit.

The Prime Minister and her chancellor are under huge pressure after a turbulent week following Mr Kwarteng’s mini-budget, during which he unveiled a £45billion package of unfunded tax cuts which spooked the financial markets.

As a result, the pound sank to its lowest ever value against the dollar, before recovering late yesterday, and while both Ms Truss and Mr Kwarteng have since insisted they will stick to their guns, businesswoman Ms Miller took to social media to offer a scathing analysis.

Referring to her fledgling political party, she tweeted: “As Leader of @VoteTrueAndFair I call on all Tory MPs with a conscience to demand the PM & Chancellor go after a week of financial vandalism that’ll break millions of lives, in a country already broken by years of austerity, compounded by Covid and Brexit.

“They have no mandate!”

Ms Miller’s post attracted some support, with one Twitter used commenting: “I’ve been working hard on mine for months Gina.

“I think he’s a decent man, trapped, horrified and in need of an escape route.

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“Hoping polling makes him realise he’s toast and now is the time to do the right thing.”

However, others were less sympathetic.

Dean Ivy posted: “Is this parody? You have no mandate whatsoever. You had no mandate to attempt to overturn Brexit.

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Doug Chalk added: “You tried trouble making a few years ago enough is enough thanks.”

A third Twitter user commented: “I think all three of your members are right behind you. Way to go Miller.”

Ms Millar has in the past incurred the wrath of Brexiteers after launching two separate legal challenges against the Government related to Brexit.

Six years ago, in accordance with a case which she had brought, the High Court ruled the Government must legislate to invoke Article 50, which is the mechanism by which a member state quits the bloc.

Three years later, she attempted to prevent Boris Johnson from proroguing Parliament – and although her bid was this time dismissed by the High Court, days later the Scottish Court of Session ruled such the PM’s move was unlawful, with the Supreme Court subsequently upholding the decision.

With one poll suggesting Labour currently has a 33 point lead over the Tories, there have been questions about whether Ms Truss can now survive in No. 10 until the end of the year in the face of the mounting crisis.

Speaking yesterday, she said: “This is going to be a difficult winter and I am determined to do all I can to help families and help the economy at this time.

“What is important to me is that we get Britain’s economy back on track, that we keep taxes low, that we encourage investment into our country and that we get through these difficult times.”

In a comment piece for The Daily Telegraph today, Mr Kwarteng wrote: “The British taxpayer expects their government to work as efficiently and effectively as possible, and we will deliver on that expectation.

“Not all the measures we announced last week will be universally popular.

“But we had to do something different. We had no other choice.”

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