25 Jun, 2016 @ 12:29
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Petition for second EU referendum garners more than a million votes

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brexit-debateA PETITION in the UK calling for a second EU referendum has garnered more than one million signatures.

It comes after results show a bitter divide among young and old voters and between London and Scotland and Northern England.

It is calling for a new rule to be implemented stating that polls with a majority under 60% and a turnout of less than 75% must be re-started.

The petition started by William Oliver Healey, reads:  “We the undersigned call upon HM Government to implement a rule that if the Remain or Leave vote is less than 60 per cent based a turnout less than 75 per cent there should be another referendum.”

It passed the million mark  on Saturday morning, with votes most concentrated in London, Brighton, Oxford, Cambridge and Manchester.

Click here to sign the petititon.



Laurence Dollimore

Laurence has a BA and MA in International Relations and a Gold Standard diploma in Multi-Media journalism from News Associates in London. He has almost a decade of experience and previously worked as a senior reporter for the Mail Online in London.

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  1. We’ve signed, it’s worth a try, I keep reading about people who have now changed their minds and thought their ‘protest’ Leave vote wouldn’t count – idiots.

  2. How does anybody know that these people signing the petition calling for a Referendum Re-run are those who qualify for a vote? Many people have several email addresses (i.e. work, social, educational etc) whilst often others are known by more than one name. Who is to say such people have only signed this petition once?

    Is the reference to a preferable 75% turn out figure an assumption that those who, for whatever reason, didn’t vote on 23rd June, are ALL those who would ‘without doubt’ have voted Remain? (It is obviously both belief and intention that, in the unlikely event of a Referendum Re-run, any additional voters would vote ‘remain’…….
    ……It would certainly be an embarrassing result if the majority of any extra ‘new’ votes were for ‘leave’.

    Every person (who had a right to vote on the decision) had adequate notice of the forthcoming poll. There were arrangements in place for postal votes for absentees or those unable to reach a polling station, there were provisions for those requiring a proxy voter, for those visually challenged, and those with mobility problems too. Every single voter was given an equal chance to put their cross in the box of their choice.

    IF there had been previous instances where a valid result was based on a 75% turn out then there may be an argument of implementing a previously used ‘course of dealing’. As far as I understand there has never been such a provision required in the past. To request this now proves these Remain ‘losers’ are merely acting retrospectively.

    It ought to be blatantly obvious there’s no point shutting the gate once the horse has bolted!

    We were given the referendum we were promised, and THE PEOPLE DECIDED LEAVE.

    • You have to type in your UK postcode which matches up with the electoral roll. When you click to verify it confirms your constituency so you can’t make up fake email addresses or lie.

  3. Us too Jane. You’re right, these “protesters” are like the dog who chased the bus and didn’t know what to do with it when he caught it. The precipitous dive in the pound should be enough to put the wind up anyone.

  4. The e-mail address is linked to your post code (if you had troubled to look). This divisive, cowardly referendum should never have taken place. In a parliamentary democracy all decisions of this nature should be enacted by the democratically elected administration, NOT a wildly misinformed population, lashing out at the wrong target.

  5. Whether there will be another one or not I have always believed that referenda should have special rules, given that referendums are reserved for serious constitutional issues I believe there should be a high turnout figure and a decisive margin of say 10% to win. All that said Cameron should not have called this referendum, the issues were complicated and emotional, witness the seemingly growing number of people who are saying I was protesting I didn’t know the consequences. You could question whether these people should have voted at all, I think some thought it was a normal election and their vote wouldn’t make any difference.

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