Online Petition to Cancel Brexit Crashes UK Parliament Website

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by 👨‍💻 Simon Baxendale

If you have been paying attention to any news regarding the UK in recent weeks or months, you will likely know that the country’s divorce from the European Union is still ongoing. With just a few days ahead of the proposed deadline for the UK to leave the EU, MPs are still to find a deal of any kind which will support the country’s citizens in moving into unknown territory. As a result, much of the UK population is divided over what’s going to happen next. Plenty in favor of Brexit being cancelled altogether, it seems, took to the government’s online petition system – which resulted in that part of UK Parliament’s website to crash during the week.

At the time of writing, one particular petition for the UK to revoke Article 50 – which will effectively cancel the Brexit process altogether – has gained over 2 million votes, according to BBC News. As the petition in question has passed 100,000 signatures, it will officially be considered for Parliament debate.

However, the likelihood of such an event occurring remains slim. Prime Minister Theresa May has remained steadfast on attempting to pass through her own designs on a Brexit deal, which have caused divisions within her party and have continued to be voted down by MPs in the majority. MPs have voted against opting for a ‘no deal’ Brexit outright, though they have also continued to deny May’s proposals. Earlier in the week, Commons Speaker John Bercow had levied a block on any further votes on May’s plan unless changes made were ‘significant’.

Prime Minister will not revoke Article 50, despite petition
Prime Minister will not revoke Article 50, despite petition [video: Press Association STUDIO]

With March 29th rapidly approaching, UK politicians and citizens still remain unclear on quite where Brexit will end, or even where it will start. PM May has appealed to the EU for an extension to the deadline, which is being reported by media outlets as June 30th – though the Union has outright stated that an extension will only be granted if a worthwhile reason to do so is offered. This may include the option of a General Election to break the deadlock, or a second Brexit referendum. With May appearing to be keen to avoid either of the options, it appears we are approaching the deadline at breakneck speed without a safety net.