The petition exceeded the 100,000 signatures required for it to be discussed in the House of Commons this coming Monday, with the current total standing at 5,757,400 as of 6pm this evening. The result of the petition, teamed with a People’s Vote march over the weekend that saw a million Remainers hit the streets of London in protest over Brexit, means the petition will be up for debate in Parliament. Though the Government have already said despite the booming number of signatures, they will not be revoking Article 50. In a statement on the petition’s webpage, the Government said in a statement: “It remains the Government’s firm policy not to revoke Article 50. We will honour the outcome of the 2016 referendum and 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.
“The Government acknowledges the considerable number of people who have signed this petition. However, close to three quarters of the electorate took part in the 2016 referendum, trusting that the result would be respected. This Government wrote to every household prior to the referendum, promising that the outcome of the referendum would be implemented.”
The statement adds: “17.4 million people then voted to leave the European Union, providing the biggest democratic mandate for any course of action ever directed at UK Government.”
The statement was compiled by the department for exiting the European Union.
The petition was created by Margaret Georgiadou, who took to Twitter to state she has been receiving death threats over her campaign last week, the result of which caused her to close her Facebook account.
She said: “In the past 10 hours have had three death threats over the phone, my fb account has been hacked and had a torrent of abuse on Facebook. Am closing my FB account.”
Supporters were quick to comfort her online.
One twitter user said: “Over the phone? Are these people who know you? How did they get your phone number? Margaret, you are a star to millions of us.
Report everything to the police and keep safe.”
Another added: “Sorry to hear that. But remember that millions of us support you and are grateful for what you have done for us! Stay safe.”
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Theresa May is in the midst of a Cabinet coup to oust her over her botched Brexit negotiations.
Up to three members of her Cabinet resigned last night after defying a Government whip and voting for an amendment to give power to MPs over Brexit. Michael Gove is a favourite to replace her.