Brexit: UK petition to remain in EU hits 3 million signatures

A British petition to revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU has gathered more than three million signatures in under two days.

“The government repeatedly claims exiting the EU is ‘the will of the people’,” reads the petition on the UK parliament website.

“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.”

Petitions with more than 100,000 signatures are automatically considered for a debate in parliament.

The petition was posted on Wednesday night by Margaret Anne Georgiadou. It gathered more than 100,000 signatures in its first two hours.

The petition was so successful that the page on the British parliament’s website crashed for several hours on Thursday morning.

“Nearly 2,000 signatures are being completed every minute”, the British parliament’s Petition committee said on Twitter.

“The rate of signing is the highest the site has ever had to deal with and we have had to make some changes to ensure the site remains stable and open for signatures and new petitions.”

A map of the petition participants showed high numbers of Remainers in Edinburgh, London, Bristol, Cambridge and Brighton.

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