Brexit Do-Over? 3M Brits Crash Parliament Website In #Regrexit Panic
It’s only been a matter of days since Britain voted to leave the European Union in the historic Brexit vote and now more than 3 million voters are asking for a do-over Regrexit vote.
An online U.K. petition written by William Oliver Healey demanding a do-over of the historic Brexit referendum vote garnered so much attention on Saturday that Parliament’s website crashed, according to the USA Today.
“We the undersigned call upon the HM Government to implement a rule that if the remain or leave vote is less than 60% based on a turnout less than 75% there should be another referendum.”
Supporters of the Leave campaign who regretted their Brexit vote took to Twitter on Saturday to register their regret and promote the do-over petition with the hashtag #Regrexit.
The do-over Regrexit petition comes on the heels of the historic Brexit vote, where Leave supporters won a decisive victory with 52 percent of the vote compared to the Remain camp with 48 percent.
It’s not entirely clear that Britons knew what they were voting for, however. The day after the historic Brexit vote to leave the EU, citizens of the Britons began frantically Googling the search term “What is the EU?” and many began to regret their decision, according to the Washington Post.
“Even though I voted to leave, this morning I woke up and I just — the reality did actually hit me. If I’d had the opportunity to vote again, it would be to stay.”
The Brexit vote to Leave was not legally binding and British Parliament is free to do whatever they want in regard to EU membership. However, Prime Minister David Cameron, who promised to resign from Britain’s top office hours after the results became clear, has vowed to heed the referendum and move to leave the European alliance.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) June 26, 2016
U.K. lawmaker David Lammy argued it was Parliament’s job to decide whether to Remain in the EU, not the voters’ and a decisive government decision was badly needed, now, according to USA Today.
“We can stop this madness and bring this nightmare to an end…Let us not destroy our economy on the basis of lies and the hubris of (‘Leave’ leader) Boris Johnson.”
Johnson, a former London mayor who campaigned heavily for the Leave camp was booed by a sizable crowd on Saturday, as he walked from his front door to a waiting town car.
In the days leading up to the historic Brexit vote, the Leave campaign vowed to divert the $478 million in EU weekly fees to national health care. But, hours after the vote, they admitted that wasn’t actually possible.
Lesson from #Regrexit Never use your vote as a protest vote, only ever vote for what you actually want.
— Jamie Lee-Hill (@JamieLeeHill2) June 25, 2016
The vote has historic significance for other areas of Britain as well. Voters in Scotland and Northern Ireland overwhelmingly voted to remain in the EU, while those in England and Wales chose to Leave, which once again brings up the prospect of a Scottish Independence vote, which could further fracture the U.K.
For now, preparations for Britain to Leave the EU remain underway, but Member of Parliament Ben Howlett has promised on Twitter that Parliament would consider the do-over petition on Tuesday, reports CNN.
The do-over Brexit petition itself was apparently written by a Leave supporter weeks ago, when it looked like his camp would fail. William Healey took to Facebook this week, saying his petition had been hijacked by disgruntled Remain voters.
— Joe Siff (@showsiff) June 25, 2016
Any petition that garners more then 100,000 signatures is guaranteed a response from Parliament’s Petitions Committee, but it may not be a positive one. David Cameron, who resigned after the historic Brexit vote, had previously said there would be no second referendum even if the results were very close.
What do you think? Should the U.K. re-do the Brexit vote with a Regrexit vote?
[Photo by AP Photo/Matt Dunham]