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EU Referendum: Parliament petition for second vote reaches more than 1 million signatures

Published 25/06/2016

A petition for a second EU Referendum has reached over 130,000 signatures
A petition for a second EU Referendum has reached over 130,000 signatures

Parliament may be forced to debate the possibility of a second EU Referendum as more than one million people have signed a petition in response to the decision to leave.

The online campaign is urging the government to change the rules so that only a win of over 60% would be binding.

The results of the historic referendum were announced on Friday morning with 51.9% voting to leave the European Union.

In just two days the petition already has over 1 million signatures which exceeds the threshold of 100,000 required for the issue to be considered for debate in Parliament.

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William Healey, who created the campaign, wrote: “We the undersigned call upon HM Government to implement a rule that if the remain or leave vote is less than 60% based a turnout less than 75% there should be another referendum.”

The Parliament petition website is currently down, which is reportedly due to a surge in traffic.

A House of Commons spokesperson said: “Apologies to those experiencing problems with the petitions site. We are working hard to fix it. Thank you for your patience.”

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