Revoke Article 50 petition crashes Parliament website

Lawrence Kim
March 22, 2019

European Union leaders will tell May on Thursday she can have two months to organise an orderly Brexit but Britain could face a disruptive ejection from the bloc next Friday if she fails to win backing from parliament. "We need to put a stop to this claim by proving the strength of public support now for remaining in the European Union".

He said: 'We are in a crisis situation here where the people of this country expect their representatives from different political groupings in Parliament to come together and actually chart a way forward.

Asked about May's view on revoking Article 50, her spokeswoman said: "That is not something she is prepared to do".

Attempts to access the petition at the time of writing deliver nothing more than a "502 Bad Gateway" message.

House of Commons officials blamed the disruption on a "large and sustained load on the system" as people flocked to register their opposition, with the site now offline while technicians carry out "maintenance". "Thanks for bearing with us".

"Should it reach 17.4 million respondents then I am sure there will be a very clear case for taking action", she told MPs.

Margaret Anne Newsome Georgiadou started the petition.

As of 5.20pm today, more than 3,800 people in Aberdeen had signed the petition. "This morning I was a bot with 15 followers that reposted poo and wee jokes out of an IRC [Internet Relay Chat] channel".

Edinburgh North and Leith constituency has among the highest number of signatories to the petition anywhere in the United Kingdom, with over five per cent of voters having signed up.

"The horrifying feeling you get when your friend's d*** joke bot is turned into a petition tracker and it gains 3000 followers in a few hours", Charlotte Gore wrote (she did not use asterisks).

British voters are also sharply divided.

With a nod to its heritage, the bot refers to the petition's signatories as "mofos".

Other posts simply state, "The petition site is knackered".

Last night Theresa May addressed the nation amid the Brexit crisis - and Eddie Mair chose to create his own version of the speech.

It is now heading towards 700,000 signatures, with more than 40,000 people signing it in the past hour.

And in Aberdeenshire around 4,300 people have signed.

In response to that earlier signature drive, the House of Commons' Petitions Committee held a debate on March 11.

She said the public wanted politicians to "get on with it" and finished by saying: "That is what I am determined to do". May had originally planned for the officially leave the March 29, but Parliament has twice rejected her plan by wide margins in the past two months, most recently in a 242-391 vote on March 12.

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