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Anti-Brexit Petition Garners Three Million Signatures: Chances of Parliamentary Debate Increase


7Dnews London

Fri, 22 Mar 2019 14:25 GMT

A British petition by anti-Brexit campaigners gained over three million signatures on March 22nd, raising signatures from one million just a day before, according to statistics on the British parliament's website. By law, Parliament and government must consider holding a debate on all petitions that gain more than 100,000 signatures. The petition urges prime minister, Theresa May, to cancel Brexit by revoking Article 50.

An interactive map on Parliament’s website shows the rising numbers of signatures in different regions in UK.  

Some doubt the petition’s capability of changing big decisions made by law and parliament may reject them if the UK government has nothing to change, even if the issue of the petition is stirring wide controversy.

Supporters wrote on Twitter that the petition showed the strength of feeling against May's strategy, while backers of Brexit said it needed to attract more signatures than the 17.4 million people who voted to leave the EU three years ago before anyone should take any notice. 

More than four million people signed another petition in 2016 which called for another EU referendum in the event that neither the Remain or Leave camps achieved 60% of the vote.