Best for Britain
|Formation||26 April 2017|
|Founders||Gina Miller, Clive Cowdery, Stephen Peel, Eloise Todd.|
|Type||Civil society group|
|Focus||Continuing the UK’s membership of the EU|
|Mark Malloch Brown|
|Naomi Smith CEO|
|Part of a series of articles on the|
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- 1 Aims
- 2 Establishment
- 3 Campaign activities
- 4 Funding
- 5 Further reading
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Best for Britain is fighting to keep the UK open to EU membership. On its web site it states that it is committed to a democratic way to stop Brexit, with a final say by parliament and then the people; believes that young people should steer Britain into the future; believes that Britain and Europe's success are linked and wants what's best for Britain, not best for politicians or their political parties.
Best for Britain was set up in April 2017 to work alongside other organisations in the campaign to maintain Britain's membership of the EU. It is avowedly apolitical and is led by business and charity sector figures. At the end of 2017, the former UN diplomat Lord Malloch-Brown became Best for Britain's Chair.
Tell the Remain parties to work together
Following the European elections Best for Britain has launched a campaign and petition that calls on the leaders of the political parties that are pro-Remain to work together in the national interest.
Voter registration campaign for European elections
Most recently, on 8 May 2019, Best for Britain launched a national campaign urging the 7.9 million unregistered eligible voters to sign up before the European elections. Best for Britain interim CEO Naomi Smith called the figures “staggering” and said: “These people have a big part to play in the future direction of our country, and we will do everything in our power to ensure their voice is heard on polling day with everyone else's.”  Best for Britain also created a tool to help voters register and/or obtain a postal vote.
In the first part of 2019, Best for Britain provided support for a nationwide ‘Letters to the Editors’ campaign. This drew upon industry professionals from different sectors, such as midwives  and doctors, who signed open letters for local and national publications. These highlighted their concerns about what they saw as the damage being done by Brexit to their fields in particular to the NHS.
People's Vote collaboration
Best for Britain has partnered with the People's Vote campaign on marches and rallies. On 23 June 2018 Best for Britain joined the People's Vote march in London to mark the second anniversary of the referendum to leave the European Union. and also joined the marches in October 2018  and March 2019. The two organisations also held join rallies for supporters in Westminster Central Hall on 23 November 2018  and the Excel Centre on 9 December 2018.
Bringing Britain Back Together Again
In June 2018, Best for Britain launched its manifesto "Bringing Britain Back Together"  to improve public understanding of the process to another referendum, emphasising the "it's still possible to stay" message and drawing attention to what it says was the government's delay and confusion over Brexit. It included an open letter to the country and a road map to stopping Brexit, calling for both sides of the Brexit debate to embrace the idea of another vote to settle the question of the UK's membership of the EU and to avoid the risk that "the entire establishment sleepwalks the country over the Brexit finish line in March 2019".
Best for Britain coupled this manifesto launch with the stated intention to campaign in around 70 key marginal seats, trying to persuade both Labour and Conservative MPs to support a second referendum.
When will we know what we voted for? advertising campaign
Between March and June 2018, Best for Britain ran an advertising campaign across the UK. It featured citizens asking: "When will we know what we voted for?" The campaign slogan, displayed on billboards and in newspaper ads in Birmingham, Carlisle, Manchester, Liverpool, London and Stoke  was: "We all deserve a final say on the Brexit deal." Best for Britain was reported to have spent £500,000 on this campaign.
Tactical voting campaign
On 19 April 2017 it launched a crowdfunding appeal in an immediate response to Theresa May's announcement of a snap election to be held on 8 June 2017. The crowdfunding campaign received donations from more than 10,000 people and raised over £350,000.
The tactical vote campaign was launched at a press conference on 26 April 2017 by co-founder Gina Miller and then CEO Eloise Todd. Miller said: "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." Miller was the chief spokesperson for this campaign.
Miller left Best for Britain after the 2017 general election, expressing concern that the group had become more anti-Tory than Brexit-focused and described it as "a room full of white males deciding what's going to happen to the country" and as "undemocratic".
In February 2018, it was reported in The Daily Telegraph, and confirmed by Best for Britain, that George Soros, through his foundations, had contributed £400,000 to the campaign. The Telegraph’s report was described as an "antisemitic dogwhistle"  and also criticised for calling Best for Britain’s public aim to stop Brexit a “secret plot”. In response Best for Britain launched a crowdfunder, which raised over £200,000 and led to Soros donating a further £100,000.
Best for Britain says it raises much of its funding through smaller individual donations and crowdfunding exercises.
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