‘Cancel Brexit’ petition passes one million signatures

A petition demanding Theresa May revokes Article 50 and cancels Brexit has passed one million signatures.

“The government repeatedly claims exiting the EU is ‘the will of the people’,” the petition says.

“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.”

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It has had the highest volume of sign-ups on record, Parliament’s Petitions Committee said.

The petition caused the official petitions website to crash, with a surge in support following the prime minister’s Downing Street speech on Wednesday.

She has repeatedly refused to reverse Brexit, pledging to deliver on the result of the 2016 referendum.

This saw more than 17 million people – 52% of those who voted – backing Brexit.

In her speech Mrs May pinned the blame on MPs for her move to seek a delay to Brexit from the end of this month to 30 June, telling voters: “I am on your side.”

Actors Hugh Grant and Jennifer Saunders both promoted the petition on social media, as did physicist Brian Cox.

More than 600,000 had signed the petition by 9am, at which time the website reported an error message.

By 12.30pm, more than 800,000 had signed the petition with the website restored.

Almost 2,000 signatures were being added every minute on Thursday lunchtime, causing the site to crash multiple times.

A House of Commons spokesman said: “We know that the petitions website has been experiencing problems due to the number of people using the site.

Article 50 Lord Kerr was talking about the UKs options in the last remaining days before Brexit is scheduled to happen.

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“This is a mixture of people signing petitions and refreshing the site to see changes to the number of signatures.

“The majority of people are now able to use the website and we and the Government Digital Service are working to fix any outstanding problems as soon as possible.”

When asked about the technical problems, Commons leader Andrea Leadsom said: “Should it reach more than 17.4 million respondents then I’m sure there would be a very clear case for taking action.”

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