A petition calling for the revocation of Article 50 and for Britain’s remaining in the European Union has raised three million signatures in less than 48 hours, according to the official website of the UK Petitions Committee.
In a record time, this is the largest number of votes ever attracted by a petition posted on the British Parliament website. The Committee’s website crashed several times.
The petition “Revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU” includes the following: ” The government repeatedly claims exiting the EU 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. A People’s Vote may not happen – so vote now.”
The petition was posted on Wednesday and collected 100,000 signatures in the first two hours. Several movie stars have announced that they have signed this petition and encouraged their fans to sign themselves. Among those who joined the initiative are actors Hugh Grant and David Mitchell.
Of the 1427 online petitions dedicated to Brexit, only 10 have reached 100,000 signatures in six months, and thus automatically entered the parliamentary debate. On the issue of Britain’s remaining in the European Union, 33 similar petitions have been launched – “Revoke Article 50!” But the mobilization of the British voters this time is totally unusual. It not only raises a theme to the attention of political decision-makers, but it can also be interpreted as a relevant opinion poll.
In four days, the Government is obliged to respond to this popular appeal, and within two days Parliament will set the date for the debates.