Thousands of Norfolk people sign petition to revoke Article 50 and stop Brexit
PUBLISHED: 15:11 21 March 2019 | UPDATED: 21:42 21 March 2019
Thousands of people in Norfolk and Waveney have signed a petition urging the prime minister to revoke Article 50.
The petition, which argues that Article 50 should be revoked and the country should stay in the European Union, had attracted 1,688,600 signatures from all over the country by 9.30pm on Thursday afternoon.
Parliament will consider debating any petition which reaches 100,000 or more signatures.
As of Thursday night, just over 14,500 people living in Norfolk and Waveney had added their signatures to the list.
It worked out as 958 in north west Norfolk, 1,100 in south west Norfolk, 1,625 in Broadland, 1,308 in north Norfolk, 654 in Great Yarmouth, 1,060 in Waveney, 2,212 in south Norfolk, 3,729 in Norwich south and 1,871 in Norwich north.
In Norwich south the number of people who had signed equated to 3.71pc of the total number of constituents, while in south Norfolk it was 2.16pc, 1.69pc in Broadland and 2.1pc in Norwich north.
On the petition, which was created by Margaret Ann Georgiadou, it says: “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.”
With all petitions having six months to run, its deadline is August 20 this year.
Earlier on Thursday the petition web page failed to load for many users.
The petitions committee said on Twitter: “The rate of signing is the highest the site has ever had to deal with and we have had to make some changes to ensure the site remains stable and open for signatures and new petitions.”
They said between 80,000 and 100,000 people had been simultaneously viewing the petition, with roughly 2,000 signatures being made every minute.