President Barack Obama suggested Brexit might not happen at a press conference at the North American summit in Ottawa Thursday.
“I think there are some genuine longer term concerns about global growth if, in fact, Brexit goes through and that freezes the possibilities of investment in Great Britain,” said Obama.
The suggestion that Brexit might somehow be avoided comes after days of outrage by voters and politicians who are desperate to keep the United Kingdom in the European Union.
A petition for a second referendum passed four million signatures Wednesday, with Labour MP David Lammy lodging a formal motion in the House of Commons to discuss the possibility of a second vote.
“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: Bitter Europhiles Try To Reverse Brexit Vote With A Petition)
But remain supporters seeking to challenge the Brexit result are out of step with the rest of the country, according to a YouGov poll published Wednesday. Less than a week after the U.K. voted to leave the EU, 58 percent of Brits said there shouldn’t be a second referendum, while just 31 percent disagree.
The chances of a switch on Brexit diminished rapidly Thursday when all candidates running to replace David Cameron as prime minister and leader of the Conservative Party vowed to implement the people’s will. (RELATED: Who Will Lead The UK After Brexit? Candidates Profiled)
Brexit won the referendum 52-48 percent, with a total of 17,410,742 votes.
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