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Revoke Article 50 petition gathering over 120k signature per hour
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Revoke Article 50 Petition Reaches 3 Million Milestone.
More than 300,000 people signed it in just three hours on Friday morning. Bringing to total to over 3 million! By the end of Friday lunch time this figure was over 3.6 million reaching 30k new signatures every 15 minutes.
A petition calling for Britain to remain in the European Union has received an unprecedented 3 million signatures in a little over one day.
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 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.
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 20.69% 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
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