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Cancel Brexit petition heads towards SIX MILLION signatures

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Cancel Brexit petition heads towards SIX MILLION signatures
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09:43 CET+01:00
A petition set up last week that calls for the British government to cancel Brexit and stay in the EU by revoking Article 50 had garnered almost six million signatures on Wednesday.

The online petition was set up on the parliament site shortly after Theresa May addressed the British public in a TV appearance in which she blamed MPs for the Brexit chaos.

By the next day it had rocketed past the one million signature mark and has kept on rising.

By Wednesday morning, thousands of people were still signing up to show their disapproval of the Prime Minister and their desire to remain part of the EU.

The total was at 5.83 million by 10am and was expected to pass the six million mark on Wednesday or Thursday.

According to officials at the House of Commons the petition had the highest rate of sign ups ever.

The petition was shared widely on British Facebook groups across the EU and thousands have signed from France, Germany and Spain.

The petition titled: 'Revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU' reads: "The government repeatedly claims exiting the EU is 'the will of the people'. We need to put a stop to this claim by proving the strength of public support now, for remaining in the EU. A People's Vote may not happen - so vote now."

While the Conservative government has said it will not be cancelling Brexit or revoking Article 50 in order to respect the result of the 2016 referendum, parliament will hold a debate on the issue on Monday.

"Revoking Article 50, and thereby remaining in the European Union, would undermine both our democracy and the trust that millions of voters have placed in Government," said the official statement.

The petition was started by Margaret Georgiadou, who says she has received death threats as a result.

Detractors claim it is full of false signatures, however officials have said that fake ones are being removed unless they can be verified via email.

British PM Theresa May was still holding out that her deal with the EU would get the backing of the British parliament in a third vote, but MPs were also set to cast votes on Wednesday on various other options.

Britain is set to leave the EU on April 12th unless May's deal is passed or the government can come up with a plan B to convince Brussels to accept a longer delay.

You can sign the petition here.

 

 

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Intellectually Boggy - 27 Mar 2019 10:26
How many voted Leave? Oh, that's right - 17,410,742.

Yawn.

Let's not be Europeans - let's respect a democratic vote. Brexit ASAP!!!
Chez Moi - 27 Mar 2019 12:39
If their servers were able to handle the traffic, there would likely be more than double, triple what we have now.
Chez Moi - 27 Mar 2019 12:54
Who thinks "Boggy" is the screen name for one Mrs. May?
English geriatric - 27 Mar 2019 17:26
The vote in 2016 was tainted by false information and in was margina. So I happily sign the petition. But somequestions: email checks. Can a husband and wife count as two on the same email address? Can people without email sign the petition if so how?
English geriatric - 27 Mar 2019 17:33
Cut off in midstream. We must get to 8.5 million half the leave vote. Get to 10 million next.Then get past 17 million. It is possible ! Contact all your friends and encourage them to vote.Don't let the cheats have their way.
Charles - 27 Mar 2019 18:47
The true "undermining of democracy" was the lies, deceit and sheer BS that was used to get peple to vote 'Leave' in the referendum, and most of that from right-wing politicians!
Now only the despots and desperate Brexiters repeat the 'will-o-the-people' mantra without any hint of reality on how this will adversely affect millions of people, now and in the future, not to mention the UK economy.
Intellectually Boggy - 27 Mar 2019 20:07
"Lies and deceit", right. And Hillary Clinton lost because Donald Trump colluded with Russia.

Democracy means there are losers - that's what Remainers are. Accept it, or just admit you are anti-democratic.
Chez Moi - 28 Mar 2019 08:46
WTH does Tr--p have to do with this? You MUST be desperate, Mrs. May.
Your continued insults aimed at "Remainers" really helps your cause.
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