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Revealed: Thousands in Northern Ireland sign Revoke Article 50 petition - find out how many did in your area

Theresa May meets European Council president Donald Tusk in Sharm el-Sheikh (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
Theresa May meets European Council president Donald Tusk in Sharm el-Sheikh (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
Mark Edwards

By Mark Edwards

Nearly 20,000 people in Northern Ireland have signed a petition for the UK Government to revoke Article 50 and remain in the European Union.

As of lunchtime on Friday 19,183 from Northern Ireland had signed the petition out of over 3million cast on the official parliament petitions website. Those petitions which receive over 100,000 signatures get scheduled for a debate in Parliament.

However, Prime Minister Theresa May has said she "will not countenance" revoking Article 50.

The top three constituencies in Northern Ireland with the most signatures were Emma Little Pengelly's South Belfast seat (2,802), Gavin Robinson's in East Belfast (1,438) and Lagan Valley (1,291) held by DUP whip Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP.

The Petitions Committee said nearly 2,000 signatures were being completed every minute over lunchtime on Thursday, leading to the website crashing because of unprecedented demand.

More than three million people have signed the petition.

Many took to social media claiming people who were not UK nationals or UK residents were signing the petition.

A House of Commons spokesman said: "Anyone who is a UK resident or a British citizen can sign a petition. This includes British citizens living overseas."

Commons leader Andrea Leadsom dismissed the petition as not being on the same scale as the pro-Brexit vote in the 2016 referendum, which saw 17.4m people vote to take the UK out of the EU.

"Should it reach 17.4 million respondents then I am sure there will be a very clear case for taking action," she told MPs.

She added: "It's absolutely right that people do have the opportunity to put their views and that can then spark yet another Brexit debate."

In December, the European Court of Justice ruled the UK can unilaterally revoke Article 50 of the Treaty of the EU. This means the UK Government can decided to stay in the EU without the consent of the 27 other member states.

Nearly 20,000 people signed the petition in Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland signatures:

East Antrim: 868

Strangford: 847

North Down: 1,285

South Down: 1,177

Newry and Armagh: 932

Upper Bann: 902

South Antrim: 1,006

North Antrim: 612

East Londonderry: 699

Foyle: 1,356

West Tyrone: 660

Fermanagh and South Tyrone: 708

Mid Ulster: 651

Lagan Valley; 1,291

Belfast South: 2,802

Belfast West: 810

Belfast North: 1,139

Belfast East: 1,438

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