A day on from the European Union referendum, Remain campaigners are still coming to terms with the UK marginally voting to leave the EU, but it seems it might not be over just yet.
Well, that’s if William Oliver Healey has his way that is.
He started a petition demanding a second EU referendum and it’s fair to say it’s gained quite an interest.
Since it was put up yesterday, the petition has hit well over 1.7 million signatures, at the time of writing. Now, due to its popularity, it must be considered for a Parliamentary debate.
Those who are signing the petition are calling for a new rule to be put into place which would mean that polls on the EU with a majority under 60 per cent and a turnout under 75 per cent must be re-started.
The petition reads:
We the undersigned call upon HM Government to implement a rule that if the Remain or Leave vote is less than 60 per cent based a turnout less than 75 per cent there should be another referendum.
It passed the million mark this morning, with the majority of votes concentrated in the cities of Brighton, Cambridge, London, Manchester and Oxford – who were of the strongest votes for Remain.
Thursday’s referendum ended with a result of 48 per cent for Remain, to 52 per cent for Leave – with a turnout of 72 per cent.
It still remains unclear whether, if this rule was created and put into UK legislation, that it could be applied now the vote has already been cast.
Last month, when a Remain vote was considered more likely, UKIP leader Nigel Farage suggested that he would support a second referendum if his side lost by a small amount.
Speaking to The Mirror, he said:
In a 52-48 referendum this would be unfinished business by a long way. If the Remain campaign win two-thirds to one-third that ends it.Advertisement
Funny that he made no mention of this on Friday, when he hailed it as ‘independence day’ for Britain.
Whether this will come to anything remains to be seen, but it’s definitely a sign that all is not well in a very much divided nation.