The petition to revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU has massively exceeded its target by reaching five million signatures.
Despite having had almost two years to plan for Brexit, the government failed to settle on a deal in time for the original leave date, meaning Theresa May had to turn to the EU and ask for more time so we could sort ourselves out.
The shambles of the whole situation has caused many people to lose faith in the country’s leaders, and as there’s still no positive end in sight, it doesn’t look like the government will restore confidence any time soon.
For a lot of people, the best way to resolve the crisis would be to put an end to Brexit altogether, and when the opportunity to officially raise this with the government came about, millions of Brits were quick to get on board.
The ‘Revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU’ petition quickly exceeded its goal of one million signatures, with so many people rushing to sign the website crashed.
At the time of writing, the petition has 5,040,711 signatures, making it the most popular to have ever been submitted to the parliament website.
Signatures continued to roll in following a huge march in London yesterday (March 23), to demand a second referendum.
Organisers of the ‘Put it to the People’ march claimed one million people joined in with the procession through the capital.
The petition’s heat map shows the number of signatories in each area, with Cambridge, Brighton, Manchester and London having some of the highest numbers.
It appears someone has signed from every single constituency on the map.
According to the Mirror, last week EU chief Donald Tusk said revoking Article 50 will be one of the options available if there’s no deal by April 12.
However, Downing Street have said the Prime Minister ‘has said many times she will not countenance revoking Article 50’.
Parliament must consider holding a debate on all petitions which gain more than 100,000 signatures. The petition site currently says those who’ve signed can expect to wait ‘for four days for a debate date’ and ‘six days for a government response’.
It’s quite optimistic at this point to think Brexit will end well, but we can always hope.
If you’d like to sign the petition, you can do so here.
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Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University, and went on to become a freelance writer and blogger. Emily contributed to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news as well as longer form features.