UK: Petition for EU re-referendum gains voice, is a Brentry next?
London, June 26: The petition on the UK's Parliament website seeking a re-referendum on exiting the European Union (EU) has received nearly 3 million signatures since its launch at the end of the last week. [Exit fast, EU tells UK]
This means the current campaign has overtaken the 2007 petition asking the government to scrap plans for 'pay as you go' road pricing which saw 1.8 million signatures.
The huge rush to sign the online petition saw the website crashing as a second petition asking the newly elected mayor of London Sadiq Khan to declare the capital's independence topped a lakh. [How will Brexit affect India? Pros and cons]
52% favoured UK to exit EU in June 23 referendum
On June 23, 52 per cent of the people of the UK cast their votes in favour of Brexit (Britain's exit from the EU) while 48 per cent said no to the option. [Will Brexit see a Domino effect in Europe?]
However, the four-per cent difference brought to the fore regional discrepancies as Scotland, Northern Ireland and London voted overwhelmingly in favour of remaining in the EU. Other parts of England and Wales backed the Brexit. [Hours after voting, Britons googled 'What is EU'!]
The petition, authored by William Oliver Healey, said: "We the undersigned call upon HM Government to implement a rule that if the Remain or Leave vote is less than 60% based on a turnout less than 75%, there should be another referendum."
Wake up. We do not have to do this. We can stop this madness through a vote in Parliament. My statement below pic.twitter.com/V8f9Yo1TZd— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) June 25, 2016
A petition comes up for discussion in Parliament if it has received over a lakh signatures.
David Lammy, a senior Labour MP, meanwhile, has requested other MPs to ignore the June 23 referendum result which he said on advisory and not binding on Parliament.