The Government Has Officially Rejected The Petition To Revoke Article 50

The UK government has officially rejected a petition calling for the revocation of Article 50 - the article of the Treaty of Lisbon that allows European Union member states to leave the union.

The petition gathered more than 5.8 million signatures from those who are against Brexit.

However, despite the fact that it massively overhauled the target of 100,000 signatures that guaranteed that it would be considered for debate in Parliament, the government has moved quickly to dismiss it.

Credit: UK Government Petitions
Credit: UK Government Petitions

In an official response posted on the official government petitions website, the Department for Exiting the EU said: "This government will not revoke Article 50.

"We will honour the result of the 2016 referendum and work with parliament to deliver a deal that ensures we leave the European Union."

"The government acknowledges the considerable number of people who have signed this petition. However, close to three-quarters of the electorate took part in the 2016 referendum, trusting that the result would be respected.

"This government wrote to every household prior to the referendum, promising that the outcome of the referendum would be implemented."

Around a million people protested in London this weekend. Credit: PA
Around a million people protested in London this weekend. Credit: PA

The response continued: "17.4 million people then voted to leave the European Union, providing the biggest democratic mandate for any course of action ever directed at UK government.

"British people cast their votes once again in the 2017 general election, where over 80 percent of those who voted, voted for parties - including the opposition - who committed in their manifestos to upholding the result of the referendum.

"This government stands by this commitment."

The 'Put it to the people' protest. Credit: PA
The 'Put it to the people' protest. Credit: PA

The petition quickly became the most signed petition ever to be received on the House of Commons and Government petitions site and was due for debate on 1 April. That debate will now not happen, certainly not within the main house.

Instead, MPs are likely to take an indicative vote today on what should happen next regarding Brexit. That means that - as ever - pretty much all options are still on the table.

That means that - regardless of the government's response - revoking Article 50 is still possible.

A protester in London this weekend. Credit: PA
A protester in London this weekend. Credit: PA

However, the petition response warned that: "Revoking Article 50 would break the promises made by government to the British people, disrespect the clear instruction from a democratic vote, and in turn, reduce confidence in our democracy.

"As the prime minister has said, failing to deliver Brexit would cause 'potentially irreparable damage to public trust', and it is imperative that people can trust their government to respect their votes and deliver the best outcome for them."

Once again, we'll have to wait and see.

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Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a freelance journalist and LADbible contributor. He graduated from University of London with a BA in Philosophy before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. He has previously written for the M.E.N Group as well as working for several top professional sports clubs. Contact him on [email protected]

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