Stop Brexit petition tops 5.5 million, continues to grow

The petition was posted last week by Margaret Anne Georgiadou. It gathered more than 100,000 signatures in its first two hours online.

AN ONLINE petition requesting that the British government revoke article 50 and reconsider its plan to exit the EU has passed the 5.5m-signature mark, showing what may be a dramatic shift in attitudes towards Brexit.

As of 7am (5am UK time) on Tuesday, 5,659,564 people had signed the petition, making it the most popular to have been submitted to the parliament website. The previous highest total of 4,150,260 was for a 2016 petition calling for a second referendum should the initial poll not provide a definitive enough result.

The petition was posted last week by Margaret Anne Georgiadou. It gathered more than 100,000 signatures in its first two hours online.

Meanwhile, British lawmakers on Monday voted in favor of an amendment which would lead to a series of indicative votes on Wednesday on “alternative ways forward” on Brexit.

MPs voted 329 to 302 for the amendment tabled by Oliver Letwin.

The vote came after British Prime Minister Theresa May vowed the government would oppose the amendment.