A parliamentary petition calling on British Prime Minister Theresa May to revoke Article 50 and cancel Brexit has now reached over three million signatures.
There was a surge in signatures after the latest developments from Brussels Thursday evening. The petition had less than 600,000 at 9am yesterday. The petition was posted on Wednesday night by Margaret Anne Georgiadou. It gathered more than 100,000 signatures in its first two hours.
“The government repeatedly claims exiting the EU is ‘the will of the people’,” reads the petition on the UK parliament website. 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.”
Petitions with more than 100,000 signatures are automatically considered for a debate in parliament.
Friday, May PM was back at Downing St in bid to win support for deal but Brexiteers are angry at delay.
May has been granted an extra two weeks to come up with a Brexit solution after talks with EU leaders.
The UK’s departure date had originally been set for 29 March.
If May can get her withdrawal deal through Parliament next week, that date will be pushed back to 22 May to give time to pass the necessary legislation.
If the prime minister can’t get the deal through, the UK will have to propose a way forward by 12 April for EU leaders to consider.
European Council President Donald Tusk said all Brexit options would remain open until then.
In the meantime Irish minister for European affairs, Helen McEntee, warned the extension to Article 50 “doesn’t take a no deal off the table”.
She told Sky News that the only people who can take a no deal table off the table are the House of Commons, the prime minister and the UK government.