LONDON (Web Desk) – Over a million people have signed an appeal calling for a second referendum, after “leave” vote pull United Kingdom (UK) out of the European Union (EU) on Saturday.
Parliamentary petition website at one point crashed due to the surge of people adding their names to the call for another nationwide referendum following Thursday vote.
“We the undersigned call upon HM Government to implement a rule that if they remain or leave vote is less than 60 percent based (on) a turnout less than 75% there should be another referendum,” says the petition.
The opposition camp won the support of 51.9% of voters, against 48.1 percent in favour of remaining in the 60 years old European alliance. Turnout for Thursday’s poll was 72.2 percent.
Some 1,130,000 people had signed the petition on the official government and parliament website.
More than 10 times the 100,000 signatures required for a proposal to be discussed in the House of Commons, the lower house of parliament.
In London, there is the separate petition calling on Mayor Sadiq Khan to declare the capital independent from the United Kingdom, and apply to join the EU.
On Friday, a House of Commons spokesperson said the website had been taken out of action temporarily because of “exceptionally high volumes of simultaneous users on a single petition, significantly higher than on any previous occasion”.
The idea of a second referendum was raised during campaigning for the referendum.