Thousands of voters from the losing side are desperately searching for a way reverse Brexit in the wake of the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union.
Supporters of the “Remain” campaign, bitter and despondent at their unexpected defeat, started a petition just hours after the vote for Brexit was confirmed to hold a second referendum on the U.K.’s EU membership.
“We the undersigned call upon HM Government to implement a rule that if the remain or leave vote is less than 60 percent based on a turnout less than 75 percent there should be another referendum,” the petition, filed Friday morning, reads. (RELATED: BREXIT: UK Votes To Leave European Union In Shock Result)
If a petition on the U.K. Parliament’s website gets more than 100,000 signatures, it is eligible for a debate in Parliament. The website was overwhelmed by traffic and was inaccessible at 9:04 a.m. The petition crossed the 100,000 mark at 11:54 a.m., The Independent reporters.
Friday morning, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced he would resign in the coming months, after failing to persuade the electorate to remain in the EU.
Cameron will stay on as prime minister until October, and a new leader of the Conservative Party will be elected. The favorite for the next prime minister is former London mayor and leader of the “Leave” campaign, Boris Johnson.
The Dow Jones dropped 611.21 points in the day after the Brexit vote. The U.K. will now begin the process of divorcing itself from EU institutions. After 43 years of membership, the referendum is one of the most dramatic and consequential events in British political history.
Brexit is widely being viewed as one of the most devastating blows to the integrity of the EU. Politicians in France and the Netherlands are already calling for their own referendums on membership.
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