- An online petition to cancel Brexit has amassed over 2 million signatures
- This just after a deal was reached to extend the deadline
- The Prime Minister has stated that Brexit cannot be canceled
There are few events in recent times that have polarized the British public and the rest of the world like Brexit. From the months of campaigns that saw both sides of the argument engage in bitter debates to the back and forth that has taken place in a bid to actually leave the European Union.
Almost three years after the vote took place, the British people are still as divided as ever over Brexit as a petition to revoke article 50 and cancel Brexit has just gotten over 2 million signatures.
Pulling the Plug
According to Parliament’s petitions committee, the petition broke the record for the fastest amount of time to pass the 2 million signature mark and their website even crashed as a result of the number of visitors pouring in to sign.
After having Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal rejected at the House of Commons twice, a deal has been struck between the UK government and the EU to delay Brexit beyond the initial March 19, 2019 deadline.
However, despite the signatures, protests, and calls for a revolving of article 50, the Prime Minister has stated that Brexit must take place since it was decided on by the people.
“The PM has long been clear that failing to deliver on the referendum result would be a failure of democracy and a failure she wouldn’t countenance,” her spokesman said.
Calls for a revoke have, nonetheless, remained popular, with the topic trending on Twitter and the petition getting over 2,000 signatures a minute. According to the petition, the areas in the UK with the most signatures coming in are Bristol, Edinburgh, Manchester, Oxford, London, Cambridge, and Brighton.
The only petition that has more signatures on the site is a petition that was opened in June 2016 to hold a second referendum not too long after the results of the first were announced.
It was so popular that a debate was held in the House of Commons about it, but the idea was struck down and thousands of signatures were removed when it was discovered that they had been added by automatic bots and not by actual people.