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Over 2m Britons Sign UK Petition For New EU Referendum

Posted: Jun 25, 2016 at 8:50 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Just days after voting to leave the European Union, more than 2 million Britons and United Kingdom residents had signed a petition calling for a second vote, forcing lawmakers to at least consider a debate on the issue.

Parliament has to consider a debate on any petition posted on its website that attracts more than 100,000 signatures.

The proposal, posted before the June 23 referendum, said the government should hold another plebiscite on EU membership if the support for Leave or Remain in a referendum was less than 60 percent in a turnout of fewer than 75 percent of eligible voters.

The result on Thursday saw 52 percent of voters, 17,410,742 people, back a British exit, on a turnout of 72 percent.

By late afternoon, it appeared to be rising at a rate of more than 3,000 signatures a minute.

Most of those who signed were based in areas where support for staying in the EU was strongest, most especially London, the website indicated.

Prime Minister David Cameron, who said on Friday he would resign after leading the failed campaign to keep Britain in the EU, had said there would be no second referendum