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UK government rejects call to cancel Brexit

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | March 27, 2019
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Britain   The government responds to any petition signed by at least 10,000 people

The British government responded Tuesday to a petition calling for Brexit to be cancelled, saying it will honor the result of the 2016 referendum and work with parliament “to deliver a deal that ensures we leave the European Union”.

The statement came after more than 5.8 million people signed a petition on parliament’s website calling on the government to halt Brexit by revoking Article 50, a process triggered by any member state that decides to leave the EU.

The government responds to any petition signed by at least 10,000 people and parliament debates those signed by 100,000.

Underlining its “firm policy not to revoke Article 50,” the government said it will “work to deliver an exit which benefits everyone, whether they voted to Leave or to Remain”.

“Revoking Article 50, and thereby remaining in the European Union, would undermine both our democracy and the trust that millions of voters have placed in Government,” it said.

The government acknowledged the considerable number of people who had signed the petition.

”However, close to three quarters of the electorate took part in the 2016 referendum, trusting that the result would be respected,” it said.

“This government wrote to every household prior to the referendum, promising that the outcome of the referendum would be implemented. 17.4 million people then voted to leave the European Union, providing the biggest democratic mandate for any course of action ever directed at the UK government,” it added.


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