Petition to cancel Brexit crashes UK parliament website

POLITICO | 3/22/2019 | Eline Schaart
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The petition has nearly 1M signatures.

An online petition calling on U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May to cancel Brexit by revoking Article 50 has attracted nearly 1 million signatures, crashing the parliament's petitions website Thursday morning.

Andrea - Leadsom - Leader - House - Commons

Andrea Leadsom, leader of the House of Commons, said she had been made aware of technical problems with the site, the BBC reported, but she dismissed the petition as not being of the same significance as the 2016 Brexit referendum.

"Should it reach 17.4 million respondents then I am sure there will be a very clear case for taking action," she told MPs, noting it is "absolutely right that people do have the opportunity to put their views and that can then spark yet another Brexit debate."

Petitions - Committee - Twitter - Problems - Website

The Petitions Committee apologized on Twitter for the problems with its website, saying “the rate of signing is the highest the site has ever had to deal with.”

“Between 80,000 and 100,000 people have been simultaneously viewing the petition to revoke Article 50,” the committee said, with “nearly 2,000 signatures being completed every minute.”

Afternoon - Thursday - Petition - Signatures - Threshold

In the early afternoon on Thursday, the petition had more than 900,000 signatures, well above the 100,000 threshold to be considered for debate in parliament.

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