Petition Calling On The Government To Re-Run EU Referendum Receives More Than 130,000 Signatures In One Day
A petition calling for a second EU referendum has been launched among fears that leaving the EU on such a low majority of 4%; divisions in our society will not be healed, especially amongst young voters.
After receiving more than 130,000 signatures already since being publishing - well past the 100,000 needed for a debate in Parliament.; the popularity of the petition has caused the government's petitions website to crash!
The petition reads:
"We the undersigned call upon HM Government to implement a rule that if the Remain or Leave vote is less than 60% based on a turnout less than 75%, there should be another referendum."
Following complaints via Twitter that people were having trouble accessing the site, a House of Commons spokeswoman said:
"UK Parliament and the Government Digital Service are aware of the issue and are working on this to ensure the site is working well.
The site was temporarily down for some users due to high volumes of users."
If a petition gets more than 10,000 signatures, the Government will respond. At 100,000 signatures, this petition will be considered for debate in Parliament.
It comes amid revelations that younger voters will be the losers from today's historic vote to leave the EU after polls repeatedly showed they back Remain.
The future of the United Kingdom is no longer certain after London, Scotland and Northern Ireland all backed Remain.
But the greatest cause of division could be the huge difference in how people of different ages planned to vote and that the views of younger voters may not be being properly represented in the referendum result.
The final YouGov poll before the referendum showed 72% of 18 to 24-year-olds backed a Remain vote - with just 19% backing Brexit .
Lib Dem leader Tim Farron said: "Young people voted to remain by a considerable margin, but were outvoted. They were voting for their future, yet it has been taken from them."
Access to the petition will be resumed asap says the Government's digital service, and when it is, who knows just how many signatures it might finally reach as not only young people, but potentially all those who voted to Remain; add their names to it!
Source: Twitter / Daily Mirror