A petition to stop Brexit now has now surpassed five million signatures, making it the most popular to ever be submitted to the Parliament website. The Revoke Article 50 campaign has now overtaken a 2016 petition calling for a second EU referendum which reached 4.1 million signatures. It calls on the Government to revoke Article 50, saying: "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." As the Brexit turmoil continues, the petition, which was created on the February 14, began gaining signatures on Wednesday and crashed the Parliament website several times on Thursday after Theresa May's speech criticising MPs for not backing her Brexit deal. But after hundreds and thousands of people marched in the capital on Saturday to demand a second referendum, the petition has now gained 5,031,741 signatures … [Read more...] about Revoke Article 50 Brexit petition reaches five million signatures
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The woman who started the Revoke Article 50 Brexit petition - which this morning reached four million signatures - said she has received death threats. Margaret Georgiadou, whose name appears on the call for Britain to remain in the EU, said she had three telephone calls from people threatening to kill her. In a tweet she wrote: "Who wants Brexit so much they are prepared to kill for it?" With the government in chaos and hundreds of thousands set to demonstrate calling for a public vote, Theresa May is facing opposition from within her own cabinet. Ms Georgiadou wrote on Twitter : "Hi - am the person responsible for the Revoke Art 50 petition. Just needed to tell you that 1. am currently visiting Cyprus. and 2. last night I had three telephoned death threats. (!) Who wants Brexit so much that they are prepared to kill for it?" Under EU law, the UK has to ask 27 EU leaders for extensions but can decide to revoke Brexit unilaterally if it revokes. "The government repeatedly claims … [Read more...] about Woman who started Revoke Article 50 Brexit petition ‘receives death threats’
More than 2,000,000 people have signed an online petition calling on the government to revoke Article 50 and stay in the EU. The petition website crashed several times today but thousands are still adding their names to the poll every hour. The petition took off in the hours after Prime Minister Theresa May made a televised address to the country last night. It comes just eight days before the UK is due to crash out of the EU without a deal - although a delay is thought to be on the cards. "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," the petition said. Parliament must consider holding a debate on all petitions that gain more than 100,000 signatures. However when asked for the prime minister’s view on the petition , a No 10 spokeswoman said May worried that failing to deliver Brexit would cause “potentially … [Read more...] about Revoke Article 50 Brexit petition hits 2m signatures
(CNN)Theresa May will not request a long delay to Brexit from European leaders, Downing Street says. The embattled British Prime Minister will only ask for a short extension to the process of leaving the European Union, a source at 10 Downing Street told CNN. "There is a case for giving Parliament a bit more time to agree a way forward, but the people of this country have been waiting nearly three years now," the source said. "They are fed up with parliament's failure to take a decision and the PM shares their frustration." May is meeting EU leaders on Thursday in Brussels, where she is expected to request an extension to Article 50 -- the legal process for Britain leaving the the bloc -- after Parliament rejected her deal twice by substantial margins. After rejecting her deal, MPs voted in favor of an extension to the withdrawal process, given the unlikelihood of agreeing a deal before the March 29 deadline. Read More If an extension is agreed, the UK will avoid crashing out … [Read more...] about The Article 50 Brexit delay will only be a short one, Theresa May insists
James Forsyth 18 March 2019 9:15 AM 18 March 2019 9:15 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Any extension to the Article 50 process would have to be unanimously agreed by the EU 27. This has led to some speculation that there might be a veto. But this strikes me as highly unlikely. One of the EU’s priorities in this negotiation has been to try and avoid blame, which explains Michel Barnier’s cack handed social media diplomacy. Rejecting a UK request to extend Article 50 would turn that approach on its head. It is also worth remembering that the EU is far from perfectly prepared for a no deal exit—what to do about the Irish border being the most glaring example of this—and if the EU forced that outcome its leaders would then be held responsible by their electorates for what happened next. A government analysis commissioned ahead of Thursday’s EU Council concludes that it is ‘highly unlikely that the European … [Read more...] about Would the EU reject an Article 50 extension request?