It was confirmed today that 48% of the electorate voted to Remain in the EU. This result was received with such disappointment from those adamant to Remain, a parliamentary petition calling for a second referendum has been setup.
The petition reads: “‘We the undersigned call upon HM Government to implement a rule that if the remain or leave vote is less than 60% based on a turnout less than 75% there should be another referendum.”
However, thanks to the popularity of the petition, the Government’s petition website has crashed and is now ‘down for maintenance’.
By law all petitions registered on the site that receive over 100,000 signatures must be considered to be debated in Parliament. As of 12pm today, the threshold of 100,000 was passed.
Of course, consideration for debate is one thing, actually staging another referendum is highly unlikely. Following a 72% turnout, Leave won by 51.9%.
This morning, remain backer, David Cameron announced his plan to resign as Prime Minister in the coming months following his failure to convince the electorate to support him on the issue that has divided the nation. He said it would not be correct for him to be the ‘captain that steers the country’ in the direction that he campaigned against. With a slight crack in his voice he added, “I love this country and will do everything I can to serve it…the will of the British people is an instruction that must be delivered.”
There is great uncertainty revolving what post-Brexit Britain will look like. Read our article here for further information.
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