European Union headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. Photo: UN / Carmen Cuesta Roca
Online Petition Demands Second Brexit Referendum
By Rakesh Raman
An online petition, which has already collected more than 3 million signatures, seeks a second referendum on the UK’s membership to the European Union (EU). The UK government responds to all petitions that get more than 10,000 signatures.
The UK electorate voted last Thursday (June 23) in a referendum on the country’s membership to the 28-nation EU.
The result of the Brexit (a portmanteau of “Britain” and “exit”) referendum was 51.9% in support of an exit (17,410,742 votes) and 48.1% (16,141,241 votes) to remain with the EU – with a turnout of 72.2% voters.
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The supporters of Brexit celebrated the result as a victory of commoners in the UK, as many Britishers are disturbed by the unchecked inflow of immigrants from the EU countries while myriad layers of EU bureaucracy were impeding the development in the UK.
This was also causing a lot of burden on the local resources such as jobs, housing, healthcare, and so on.
The petition demands to implement a rule that if the remain or leave vote is less than 60% based on a turnout of less than 75% there should be another referendum.
Although the UK government has not yet responded with its decision, it is expected that the parliament will consider this for a debate.
By Rakesh Raman, the managing editor of RMN Company