Cancel Brexit Petition: Over 3 Million Signatures In 48 Hours
Brexit, episode 1242.
Will Theresa May ever see the end of it? Wednesday, March 20, the British Prime Minister had to ask the UE to delay Brexit until June 30 instead of March 29 as scheduled.
While the referendum took place three years ago, there is still a lot of uncertainty regarding the possible UK exit of the UE, especially since the British Parliament refused once more the latest deal negotiated with the 27 members of the UE.
While the negotiations between the British MPs, Theresa May and the UE are blocked once again, citizens took the matter into their own hands. A petition published on Wednesday on official British Parliament website passed 3 million signatures in 48 hours.
Asking the British Government to cancel the Brexit, it is so popular that it broke down the website, which has been displaying an error message several hours in a row on Thursday.
The rate of signing is the highest the site has ever had to deal with and we have had to make some changes to ensure the site remains stable and open for signatures and new petitions. Thanks for bearing with us.— Petitions Committee (@HoCpetitions) 21 mars 2019
Hugh Grant Signed It
The success of the petition can be explained by the support of some British stars such as actor Hugh Grant, who shared it on social media.
I’ve signed. And it looks like every sane person in the country is signing too. National emergency. Revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU. - Petitions https://t.co/tPgkaz1soi— Hugh Grant (@HackedOffHugh) 20 mars 2019
Hugh Grant is referring to Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty which indicates that Any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements.
Could this petition actually make a difference? Under British law, the Government is required to respond to all petitions published on its official website that receive more than 10,000 signatures.
Yet, this is not the first time that a petition calling to cancel Brexit receives more than 1 million signatures, as it already occurred in 2018. However, Parliament had then rejected the proposal saying that an online petition couldn’t question the result of a national referendum which reached a participation rate of over 72%.
The GuardianAccording to , a No 10 spokeswoman said May worried that failing to deliver Brexit would cause "potentially irreparable damage to public trust". Adding: "The prime minister has long been clear that failing to deliver on the referendum result would be a failure of our democracy and something she couldn’t countenance." That doesn't look good for remainers...
By Clothilde Bru, published on 21/03/2019