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Politics:  EU Referendum results sparks a petition for a second referendum

by Iain Donaldson on 24 June, 2016


With 48% of voters wishing to remain in the European Union, calls have already begun for a second referendum and a petition to parliament set up on the Government website has already attracted tens of thousands of signatures at the time of writing, and climbing at roughly 1000 signatures a minute, and crashing the Government petitions website.

The petition reads that ‘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,’

All petitions to the site that receive over 100,000 signatures must be considered for debate in Parliament, as was the case with the cannabis legalisation one.

Britain voted to leave the European Union by a narrow margin yesterday.  With a turnout of 72 per cent, leave won the referendum with 51.9 per cent (17,410,742 votes), while Remain finished on 48.1 per cent (16,141,241 votes).

Prime Minister, David Cameron, who backed the Remain campaign, announced his resignation outside Downing Street this morning stating that ‘it was “not right” for him to be “the captain that “steers the country” in a new direction.’ and I agree wholeheartedly with his assessment.

The next question we have to ask ourselves though is, if we are really intent on taking back power, why should a Conservative Party that gained only 37% of the popular vote (23% of the potential vote) in last year’s General Election be allowed to determine who should replace David Cameron as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.  Surely when a Prime Minister resigns (as Blair did and as Cameron now has) it should trigger an immediate General Election so that the people of the United Kingdom can determine who should lead us.

To support calls for a second referendum click here!

2 Responses

  1. J Penney says:

    As one of the 48.1%, and bitterly disappointed by what is happening to the UK, I would like to sign the petition for a 2nd referendum.