By now, you’ve probably lost track of all the political goings-on since the turbulent aftermath of Brexit.
Resignations galore, in-fighting, a new Prime Minister none of us voted for, oh, and the political landscape as we know it just probably changing forever… no big deal. But this latest decision might just make this ongoing situation even more complicated.
A House of Commons debate on a petition calling for a second EU referendum is now set to take place later this year.
The Commons Petitions Committee have confirmed that the record-breaking petition, which was signed by over four million people, will be put forward for debate on Monday, September 5, The Independent reports.
The petition, which was ironically set up by a Leave supporter before the referendum was held, called for the Government to disregard the results if either the Remain or Leave camps won by less than 60 per cent, on a turnout of less than 75 per cent.
A House of Commons spokesman said:
The Committee has decided that the huge number of people signing this petition means that it should be debated by MPs. The Petitions Committee would like to make clear that, in scheduling this debate, they are not supporting the call for a second referendum. The debate will allow MPs to put forward a range of views on behalf of their constituents. At the end of the debate, a Government Minister will respond to the points raised.
But, before any of you Remainers get too excited, the debate doesn’t actually have the power to change the law as it’s too late for them to be changed retrospectively and will not finish with the Commons deciding whether or not to have the second referendum.
The government have previously rejected the call for a second referendum on EU membership, with the Foreign Office saying that the 33 million people who voted have had their say and ‘the decision must be respected’, adding: “We must now prepare for the process to exit the EU.”
However, this hasn’t stopped over 1,000 lawyers signing a letter addressed to departing PM David Cameron, to remind him that the result of the referendum is only ‘advisory’ and not legally binding.
But, hey, that doesn’t matter though, right? Right!?