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Revoke Article 50 Petition To Be Debated By MPs On 1 April

Revoke Article 50 Petition To Be Debated By MPs On 1 April

An online petition demanding that politicians revoke Article 50 and call an end to Brexit will be debated by Members of Parliament on 1 April, it has been confirmed.

The Commons Petitions Committee said the petition, which passed 5.76 million signatures this evening, was "the most signed petition ever received on the House of Commons and Government petitions site."

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On the UK Government's petitions site, the information describing the motivation behind it reads: "The government repeatedly claims exiting the EU is 'the will of the people'. 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."

This landmark announcement comes a few days after a reported one million people marched on London to ask for a 'People's Vote' on the outcome of Brexit.

Around one million people marched on London over the weekend to demand a people's vote on Brexit. Credit: PA
Around one million people marched on London over the weekend to demand a people's vote on Brexit. Credit: PA

Hundreds of thousands gathered in the nation's capital to demand their voices be heard.

The petition was set up by Margaret Anne Georgiadou, 77, and, while it didn't take off immediately when it was listed last month, it has kicked into overdrive over the past week.

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Speaking with LBC on Friday, Georgiadou said: "The government ignored us, they didn't have any discussion with Remainers.

"With a referendum, this is what happens because it's not very democratic, it's majoritarian, the majority wins, it's ruled by the majority for the majority - sod the minority.

"Whereas true democracy includes everybody's opinion in society."

However, things turned nasty for the 77-year-old when she announced she was deleting her social media account after receiving threats for having started the petition.

Theresa May us under pressure after her Brexit deal has been repeatedly voted down in the House of Commons. Credit: PA
Theresa May us under pressure after her Brexit deal has been repeatedly voted down in the House of Commons. Credit: PA

On Twitter she wrote: "In the past 10 hours have had three death threats over the phone, my fb account has been hacked and had a torrent of abuse on Facebook. Am closing my FB account."

Celebrities and famous faces have also pinned their colours to the mast since the middle of last week, with the likes of Hugh Grant and Jennifer Saunders, as well as TV presenter and physicist Brian Cox, urging their followers to sign up and share.

Alongside the link, Bridget Jones actor Grant wrote: "I've signed. And it looks like every sane person in the country is signing too. National emergency."

As well as this, MPs will also debate two other petitions, one calling for a second referendum on Brexit, which has receive more than 120,000 signatures, and another which has been signed by more than 140,000 people, demanding the UK should leave the EU with or without a deal on 29 March.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: uk news, Interesting, UK Entertainment, brexit, politics

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]

 

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