Cancel Brexit Petition: Nigel Farage Says Parliament WOULDN’T Revoke Article 50

Cancel Brexit Petition: Nigel Farage Says Parliament WOULDN’T Revoke Article 50

The list of names grew so rapidly on Thursday the official parliamentary petition website crashed several times.

"I've signed. And it looks like every sane person in the country is signing too".

The petition's popularity is in part thanks to its promotion on Twitter from celebrities such as actor Hugh Grant and musician Annie Lennox.

It's a demonstration of digital democracy in action, but also its limitations - if this was an actual vote, and people weren't able to get on the site, it would be considered a scandal.

Edinburgh North and Leith constituency has among the highest number of signatories to the petition anywhere in the United Kingdom, with over five per cent of voters having signed up.

Before prime minister Teresa "Cyberdine" May's address to the nation on Wednesday evening, the petition stood at around 20,000, but within an hour had shot up to 140,000.

While parliament's website struggles to recover from the signatures of those wanting to halt Brexit, May is in Brussels once again to try to finalise her controversial Brexit plan. May had originally planned for the officially leave the March 29, but Parliament has twice rejected her plan by wide margins in the past two months, most recently in a 242-391 vote on March 12.

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The petition is the third most popular petition on the parliament website.

A petition calling on the Government to revoke Article 50 to allow Britain to remain in the European Union has garnered the support of more than 835,000 people since it launched earlier in March.

On Thursday morning, in the space of minutes, thousands of people clamoured to access the website to show their support for revoking Article 50, the formal process for leaving the EU.

A notice on Parliament's petitions site.

Almost 1,900 people from Rushcliffe and 700 people from Sherwood have signed the petition. The public has "had enough" and is "tired of political games and arcane procedural rows", she said.

"The prime minister has said many times she will not countenance revoking Article 50". "We are working to get the problems fixed as soon as possible", a spokesman for the House of Commons told Fortune.

Meanwhile, May has asked the other EU countries for a three-month extension to Brexit, until just before the newly-elected European Parliament starts work at the beginning of July.

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