Thousands in Dacorum sign Article 50 petition

Thousands of people across Dacorum’s parliamentary constituencies have signed a petition calling for the Government to revoke Article 50.

Friday, 22nd March 2019, 10:00 am
Updated Friday, 22nd March 2019, 11:06 am
Thousands in Dacorum sign petition to revoke Article 50

They contributed to the highest volume of sign-ups to any petition on record, according to Parliament's official Petitions Committee.

As of 5.30pm on Thursday, 2,475 people in the South West Hertfordshire constituency had signed the petition – 2.2% of the population.

That rate was not quite so high in Hemel Hempstead, where 1.6% of the population had added their names to the petition – 1,724 signatures.

Thousands in Dacorum sign petition to revoke Article 50

The petition reads: “The Government repeatedly claims exiting the EU is ‘the will of the people’.

“We need to put a stop to this claim by proving the strength of public support now for remaining in the EU. A People's Vote may not happen – so vote now.”

More than 2,866,800 people had signed the petition by this morning, Friday, following increased activity on the website after the Prime Minister's speech on Wednesday night.

Revoke Article 50 began trending on Twitter following the speech and continued to be a global trend into Thursday.

In her Downing Street statement, Theresa May blamed MPs for failing to implement the result of the 2016 EU referendum and told frustrated voters: "I am on your side."

The Petitions Committee said nearly 2,000 signatures were being completed every minute over Thursday lunchtime, crashing the website because of the unprecedented number of visitors.

The petition is the third most popular to be submitted to the Parliament website, surpassing the 100,000-signature threshold needed for it to be debated in Parliament.

A 2016 petition calling for a second EU referendum should the winning vote and turnout not reach a certain threshold has received the most signatories to date, at almost 4.2 million.

A petition to prevent Donald Trump from making a state visit to the UK is in second place with 1.9 million sign-ups.

The petition to revoke Article 50 was welcomed as a "solution" to the current crisis by former Labour MEP Catherine Stihler.

She was part of the legal challenge led by six pro-Remain Scottish politicians that confirmed Article 50 could be unilaterally revoked by the UK Government.