Brexit: Bristol West leads UK in Article 50 petition signatures

Brexit: Bristol West leads UK in Article 50 petition signatures

MP Thangam Debbonaire has praised “the good people of Bristol West” after current results show that almost 10,000 of her constituents signed a petition to remain in the EU.

The public petition to revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU has reached 3 million signatures after going viral across social media.

Writing on Twitter the Bristol West MP said: “Another public vote may be the only way out of this mess” and that her constituents were “rising to the challenge” of making themselves heard.

The British public vote to leave the EU in a referendum in 2016, yet the government has been unable to reach an agreement with MPs on how the country should leave.

Facebook shares and the Twitter hashtag ‘#RevokeArt50Now‘ have resulted in an average 13,500 signatures a minute for the petition proposed by remainian Margaret Georgiadou.

The petition has also eclipsed thresholds that prompt both a response from the government (10,000 signatures) and a debate in parliament (100,000 signatures).

The responses come a day before campaigners and supporters of the Bristol4Europe group descend on London as part of a national march to support a People’s Vote on Brexit.

There have been unconfirmed reports that ‘Leave’ campaigners plan to blockade the motorway between Bristol and London to limit attendance.

Remainians campaigning at Bristol

Theresa May received backing from Brussels in the extension of the Brexit deadline without a deal to the 12th of April, with a potential new leaving date of May 22nd should the House of Commons reach an agreement on a deal.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said that it is “highly unlikely” that Article 50 will be revoked by Parliament but that “there is a very limited list of things that could happen” at this point.

The petition will remain open for a further 6 months as it sits as the second most signed petition in the website’s history after a 2016 campaign for a second referendum reached 4.2 million supporters.

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