Petition to hold second Brexit referendum reaches 1mn
June 25, London: Over 1 million people have signed a petition asking for the UK government to hold a second referendum before the Brexit.
According to reports, the prospect of being outside of the European Union is too much for some of the 16 million UK residents who wanted their country to ‘remain’ and they hence have set up a parliamentary petition calling for a second referendum, which crashed due to its popularity.
After it was set up just hours after the result, the petition quickly reached its goal of over 100,000 signatures and went far beyond it. This means that it must be debated in parliament within a year.By Saturday noon the petition had been signed by one million Brits.
Traffic to the website was so intense that it crashed temporarily on Friday.
“The site was temporarily down due to exceptionally high volumes of simultaneous users on a single petition, significantly higher than on any previous occasion,” a House of Commons spokeswoman said.
The UK Government Digital Service resolved the problem and the petition is now accessible.
William Oliver Healey was the brainchild of the petition, stating “We the undersigned call upon HM Government to implement a rule that if the remain or leave vote is less than 60% based a turnout less than 75% there should be another referendum.” The petition may have begun after the election, but it may have a case as the turnout at the referendum was 72 percent, while a slim majority of 52 percent was in favor of leaving the EU, with 48 percent wanting to remain.
The Oslo Times International News Network