Surge in support for petition to revoke Brexit

21st March, 2019 09:38:03 printer

LONDON: An online petition asking the British government to revoke Brexit briefly crashed on Thursday after a surge in support saw it garner more than 600,000 signatures in less than 24 hours, reports AFP.

With just eight days to go until Britain is scheduled to leave the European Union, the petition launched on Wednesday admitted that a second referendum “may not happen—so vote now”.

“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 read.

A House of Commons spokesman said the technical difficulties on the website for the petition were caused by “a large and sustained load on the system”.

The petition was started by Margaret Anne Georgiadou, who told the BBC: “It’s almost like a dam bursting.