The petition for a second EU referendum – which has now reached 3 million signatures – was actually started by a leave voter last month, in the event of a Remain win.
In a hilarious plot twist, William Oliver Healey’s own petition has actually been hijacked by Remainers and a government committee will now debate the petition on Tuesday. Oh, the sweet irony.
William, an English Democrat activist, is now trying to distance himself from the whole thing:
***CAN I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE!!!***
Re: EU Referendum Rules triggering a 2nd EU Referendum petition
You might remember UKIP leader Nigel Farage speaking in an interview with The Mirror last month, saying that a narrow margin win for the Remain campaign would prompt him to fight for a second referendum.
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.
But in true Nigel-style he’s backtracked massively, saying that this petition is ‘the last thing I want to see’ and that it wasn’t a game of ‘best out of three’.
This pretty much sums up the hypocrisy of those from the Leave side, who were already asking for a second referendum before the first referendum results even came through.
And makes tweets like this essentially irrelevant:
Just read that the 2nd ref petition was started by someone called William Oliver Healey. What a stereotypical upper class leftie name!
— Jenny Richards (@jennyr951) June 25, 2016Advertisement
Britain voted to leave the EU with a 52-48 split, with Leave winning with 51.9 per cent of the total vote to Remain’s 48.1 per cent after the final count.
This decision has already sent massive shockwaves through UK politics, prompting the resignation of David Cameron and the possibility of a Labour Party revolt by the shadow cabinet against their leader Jeremy Corbyn.
And in the aftermath, the pound hit a 31 year low and Scotland and Northern Ireland, who had remain majorities, are now considering calling their own independence referendums.
Other petitions have included ‘londependence’ – calling on Sadiq Khan to declare London independent and rejoin the EU – and Liverpool hoping to ditch England to join ‘New Scotland’.
Anyone want to finally admit that maybe this whole Brexit thing wasn’t such a good idea after all?
The Huffington Post