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Thousands in Cornwall sign a stop Brexit petition

Thousands in Cornwall sign a stop Brexit petition

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:24am 26th March 2019. (Updated at 2:28pm 26th March 2019)

Over 45,000 people across Cornwall's parliamentary constituencies have signed a petition, calling for the government to stop Brexit.

The Revoke Article 50 petition is the most popular ever submitted to the Parliament website, with over five million people having put their names to it.

As of midday on Monday, 11,572 people had signed the petition in the Truro and Falmouth area, which is 12.1% of the population.

How many signatures has the petition received in my constituency?

  • South East Cornwall: 6,794 people signed (7.5% of the population)
  • St Austell and Newquay: 6140 (5.8%)
  • Camborne and Redruth: 6316 (6.9%)
  • Truro and Falmouth: 11,572 (12.1%)
  • St Ives: 7,801 (8.9%)
  • North Cornwall: 6,166 (6.6%)

What does the petition say?

The petition, which had attracted more than 2.8 million names by 10.30am on Friday, states:

"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".

Revoke Article 50 Petition

You can read more here and check the map for the number of signatures in your area.

How many people have signed nationwide?

With over 5.4 million signatures by midday on Monday, the petition has had the highest rate of sign-ups on record, according to Parliament's official Petitions Committee.

By contrast, a pro-Brexit petition on the Parliament website which urges the Government to leave the EU without a deal has received 562,000 signatures.

"We are wasting Billions of pounds of taxpayers money trying to negotiate in a short space of time.

"Leaving the EU in March 2019 will allow the UK good time to negotiate more efficiently.

"The EU will be more eager to accept a deal on our terms having lost a major partner".

Pro-Brexit Petition

You can read more about the pro-Brexit petition here.

What is the reaction in Westminster?

On Sunday, Chancellor Philip Hammond told Sky News's Sophy Ridge a second referendum was a "perfectly coherent position" which "deserves to be considered along with the other proposals".

The petition, started in late February, leapt in popularity following the Prime Minister's appeal to the public on Wednesday where she told frustrated voters: "I am on your side."

It quickly passed the 100,000-signature threshold needed for it to be debated in Parliament, with the official committee revealing nearly 2,000 signatures were being completed every minute over Thursday lunchtime.

What happens next with Brexit?

On Monday night, MPs backed a motion to allow Parliament to seize control of the process.

That means they will vote on a string of possible next steps on Wednesday.

Three ministers resigned just moments before the vote, including Business Minister Richard Harrington

Watch the moment the result of the vote to seize control of Brexit was read out in the Commons...

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