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Revoke Article 50 Petition has 35% of the required votes to legally stop Brexit
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34.7% of the signature required to legally stop Brexit have now been secured (in just over one day). Sign HERE.
Revoke Article 50 Petition Reaches 5 Million Milestone.
More than 5 million authenticated people have now signed signed the petition calling for Brexit to be immediately reversed. With well over one million protesters descending on Downing Street this weekend to call for Theresa May’s resignation and the end of Brexit.
It is believed to be the largest peaceful anti-government protest in European history. The petition itself breaking all records to become the most signed democratic document in European history. There is a significant number of countries in Europe that don’t have 5 million citizens, a democratic petition with over 5 million verified signatures demands action.
A petition calling for Britain to remain in the European Union has received an unprecedented 3 million signatures in a little over one day, continuing to over 5 million over a weekend of protests.
Launched this week, it calls for Article 50 – the legal process which allows Britain to leave the European Union – to be revoked, meaning the UK would remain a member of Europe.
More than 30,000 people signed the fast-growing petition in just 15 minutes on Friday lunch time, bringing the daily running average up to just shy of 120k signatures per hour. (Office hours)
The weekend saw the petition grow by an average of 56k verified signatures per hour 24/7 adjusted to remove bots and duplicate votes. This takes into consideration that well over a million people we actively marching through London this weekend.
“The government repeatedly claims exiting the EU is ‘the will of the people’,” the petition stated. “We need to put a stop to this claim by proving the strength of public support now, for remaining in the EU.”
The move could legally work, according to experts. Article 50 can be unilaterally revoked at any time until the UK leaves the EU, academic Oliver Patel wrote in an article for HuffPost UK.
Sign the petition HERE.
The appeal, which is hosted on the official parliament website, has already passed the point at which an automatic debate among MPs is triggered. (100k signatures) In fact the petition is gathering more than that each and every hour.
But despite the rush of signatories, the government has attempted to pour cold water on the effort. I’m a move even Donald Trump said is “the death of democracy in the UK”.
Prime Minister Theresa May said that the petition paled in comparison to the 2016 referendum which she described as “the biggest democratic exercise in our history”.
Even if the petition were to reach 20 million, she would refuse to recognise it. A direct contradiction to democracy and more than a spark in the smoke filled bad smell of corruption lingering around all of the legal investigations into Brexit over false information, vote rigging and breaches in campaign laws. However this stance seems to have changed after threat of a coup from MPs and Business leaders across the capital. Middle Eastern, European and Asian investors are understood to have threatened to pull hundreds of billions in investment from the UK costing millions of UK jobs.
Many large corporations have already moved out of the UK and revoked UK investment. With hundreds of thousands of jobs already being lost to Brexit.
This week also saw Givernment controlled State Broadcaster BBC’s Radio 4 accuse Russia of rigging the 2016 Brexit vote to take the UK out of the EU and weaken the financial, political and military power of the UK of not pull it appart entirely with the loss of Scotland and Northern Ireland. It should be added that no evidence was put forward to support such claims and the Kremlin did not deem the comment worthy of formal response.
While Commons Leader and Pro-Brexit supporter Andrea Leadsom said: “Should it reach more than 17.4 million respondents then I’m sure there would be a very clear case for taking action.”
In the 2016 poll, 51.9%, or 17,410,742, voted to leave the EU, while 48.1%, or 16,141,241, voted to remain.
From a strictly legal point of view priament already has to discuss the petition. But should the petition break 17 million signature there would be cause for legal challenge to unilaterally revoke Article 50 and stop Brexit. As such the petition is 34.7% there. With a king way to go and only a few days to do it.
MPs on both sides of the Brexit debate have called for Theresa May’s immediate resignation again today after she continues to refuse to go despite similar calls from the EU and US.
SIGN THE PETITION HERE
THE UK FARRIGHT attacked 6 mosques in Birmingham’s and the founder of the petition, 77 year old Margaret Georgiadou has received so many ‘viable’ death threats she has been forced into hiding in Cyprus.
The hero grandmother who started the political petition on Wednesday had the email and personal accounts hacked and death threats by telephone within hours of the petition going live.
Speculation the prime minister will be ousted is at fever pitch, with The Sunday Times reporting 11 cabinet ministers had told them they want Mrs May to move aside and make way for a replacement.
Her de facto deputy David Lidington has been named as her potential caretaker replacement, while several are said to be ready to throw their weight behind Environment Secretary Michael Gove.
A significant number of MPs told sources that May could be forced out in as little as 10 parliamentary days from Monday. Making the petition the single largest peaceful democratic political stand against the government in UK history.
The chancellor Philip Hammond suggested he was open to the proposition of a second Brexit referendum in light of the petition and peaceful protests in London this weekend as he warned “self indulgent” cabinet colleagues plotting to oust Theresa May that changing leader would not solve the impasse gripping Britain.
Philip Hammond acknowledged that Tories are “very frustrated” but stressed the Commons must find a majority for a Brexit option that avoids no deal, acknowledging a second referendum on the prime minister’s deal was a “perfectly coherent proposition”.
Revoking Article 50 and a second referendum are now believed to be two of seven options wing put to a parliamentary vote next week.
While chances of success for the petition remain slim, the fact that there is a chance at all will undoubtedly spur on many more to sign.
Remember to sign you need a valid UK postcode and email address and need to be a valid UK citizen. Duplicate votes risk having all of your votes discounted. Keep it clean, keep it democratic, keep it counting!
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