The petition to revoke Article 50 and stop Brexit now has 6 million signatures as MPs debate it in parliament

The petition to revoke Article 50 and stop Brexit now has 6 million signatures as MPs debate it in parliament
The petition to revoke Article 50 and stop Brexit now has 6 million signatures as MPs debate it in parliament

A most popular petition ever on the government’s website is being debated in parliament today.

The petition calls on the government to revoke Article 50 and reconsider the plan to leave the European Union. It currently has surpassed the 6 million signatures mark.

However, the government responded saying that although it will debate the petition, it will not revoke Article 50.

Six million signatures

The petition’s soaring popularity comes after a march in London at the weekend, which saw more than a million people attend, according to the organisers.

The highest number of signatures on a petition on the government website previously was 4,150,260.

That was for a 2016 petition calling for a second referendum should the initial poll not provide a definitive enough result.

The woman behind the Article 50 petition has said that she has received death threats as a result.

Death threats

Margaret Georgiadou tweeted that on Friday night she had received three such threats via telephone.

She also said she had deleted her Facebook account after receiving a “torrent of abuse”.

The popularity of the petition caused the website to crash last week.

You can view the petition here: petition.parliament.uk/petitions/241584