Revoke Article 50 petition soars past 500,000 signatures

Daniel Fowler
March 22, 2019

More than 500,000 people have signed a petition calling on the government to abandon Brexit.

The petition has been signed by over one million United Kingdom citizens since it was uploaded and the website crashed several times this morning.

The petition is the third most popular to be submitted to the Parliament website, surpassing the 100,000-signature threshold needed for it to be debated in Parliament.

"The UK Government will still have a choice of a deal, no deal, a long extension, or revoking Article 50".

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.

The "Revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU" petition had attracted 1,000,128 signatures by 1450 GMT, backed by support on social media, although the site appeared to be regularly crashing due to the large numbers trying to sign.

There have been almost 2,000 new signatories every minute.

The petition was created by Margaret Anne Georgiadou, a former college lecturer. It reads: "The government repeatedly claims exiting the European Union 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. All MPs have been willing to say is what they do not want", she said.

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The Prime Minister is in Brussels on Thursday to ask all 27 European Union member states for an extension in the hope that it will buy her more time to pass her deal and get it ratified to ensure a smooth transition.

European Council President Donald Tusk says a short delay may be possible, but only if Britain's Parliament approves May's divorce deal with the bloc before the scheduled March 29 departure date.

"I sincerely hope that we can do that with a deal".

Protesters dressed as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May attend an anti-Brexit demonstration in front of European Commission headquarters in Belgium on Thu., March 21, 2019.

Mrs May referred to her televised speech in Brussels on Thursday night, saying: 'I expressed my frustrations and I know that MPs are frustrated too - they have hard jobs to do'. You are tired of the infighting, you're tired of the political games and the arcane procedural rows, tired of MPs talking about nothing else but Brexit when you have real concerns about our children's schools, our National Health Service, knife crime.

May has ruled out revoking Article 50, and has said that doing so - in order to go back to the public with a second referendum - would risk undermining the British public's trust in democracy.

Mr Tusk said: "In the first scenario if the withdrawal agreement is passed by the House of Commons next week, the European Council agrees to an extension until the 22 May".

Her comments came after the Commons Deputy Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle emailed MPs on Wednesday - before Mrs May's address - advising them to travel by taxi or with colleagues amid heightened tensions in the run-up to next week's votes.

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