In theory the EU referendum is not legally binding, and PM David Cameron, who has opposed Brexit, could ignore the will of the people and put the question to MPs, banking on a majority deciding to remain.
This is because parliament is sovereign and referendums are generally not binding in the UK. Given that Mr.Cameron, has publicly stated more than once that he would abide with the will of the people in the run-up to the vote and his eventual resignation, all seems set that article 50 of the Lisbon treaty, which represents formal notification of any decision to leave, will soon be invoked, by him or his successor. However, the ‘remainers’ seem to have other ideas…
A petition calling on the British government to implement clauses that would cancel the result of the referendum on its EU membership has been signed by more than a million people, calling on the British government to implement clauses that would cancel the result of the referendum on its EU membership.
The online parliamentary petition went viral, picking up thousands of new signatures on Saturday, just two days after 51.9 percent of voters decided to end the UK’s membership of the 28-nation bloc.
The petition, which was started on May 25 but went viral on social media after the result, calls on the government to force a new referendum should the vote to leave or remain fail to pick up less than 60 percent of the total and a 75 percent turnout.
The turnout on Thursday was 72 percent of the total electorate.
Parliamentary petitions must receive a government response if they collect more than 10,000 signatures and members of parliament consider the issue for debate if one gets more than 100,000.
The results of the referendum were split along age, ethnic, and geographic lines, with youngers voters more likely to want to stick with the EU.
Ethnic minorities also voted to remain in the union, while Scotland and Northern Ireland returned majorities in favour on staying in the bloc.
Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister and leader of the pro-independence Scottish National Party, has said a new referendum on the country’s independence will be “very much on the table” following the vote.
She said EU officials would be invited to Edinburgh to discuss ways Scotland could continue to be a part of the organisation.
EU officials have called on British leaders to start the “Brexit” process as soon as possible. The UK has two years to conclude negotiations once the process is initiated.