Brexit: government dashes hopes of second EU referendum in e-petition response

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Brexit: government dashes hopes of second EU referendum in e-petition response

Post by feelthelove on Sat Jul 09, 2016 4:41 pm



The hopes of more than 4.1 million people who signed a petition calling for a second referendum on the EU have faded, after a response from the government saying it was a “once in a generation vote”.

Parliament must consider all petitions that reach a threshold of 100,000 votes for a debate and, although the decision has yet to consider the motion for a debate, the Foreign Office responded to the signatories by email on Friday evening, pointing out that over 33 million have had their say.

Referring to the wording of the petition, which asks for a second vote to be held because the vote to leave did not surpass 60% of the vote and the turnout was less than 75%, the government response states that the European Union Referendum Act did not include rules about minimum turnout.

The statement said: “The act was scrutinised and debated in parliament during its passage and agreed by both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. The act set out the terms under which the referendum would take place, including provisions for setting the date, franchise and the question that would appear on the ballot paper. The act did not set a threshold for the result or for minimum turnout.

“The prime minister and government have been clear that this was a once in a generation vote and, as the prime minister has said, the decision must be respected. We must now prepare for the process to exit the EU and the government is committed to ensuring the best possible outcome for the British people in the negotiations.”

The petition, which was started by leave activist William Oliver Healey in May, when polls suggested remain would win, has been the subject of controversy after it was discovered that thousands of signatures were fake.

The petitions committee’s own statement underneath reads that the decision on the petition was to be postponed until 12 July. It read: “The committee has decided to defer its decision on this petition until the government digital service has done all it can to verify the signatures on the petition. We have already had to remove 77,000 fraudulent signatures.

“The committee wishes to make clear that, although it may choose to schedule a debate on this petition in due course, it only has the power to schedule debates in Westminster Hall – the second debating chamber of the House of Commons.

“Debates in Westminster Hall do not have the power to change the law, and could not trigger a second referendum.”

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/jul/09/government-dashes-hopes-of-second-eu-referendum-in-e-petition-response


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Re: Brexit: government dashes hopes of second EU referendum in e-petition response

Post by Ben Reilly on Sat Jul 09, 2016 7:56 pm

It does seem like it would be sneaky to retroactively change the rules. They should have just asked for a straight-up re-vote.

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Post by eddie on Sat Jul 09, 2016 7:59 pm

It's all wrong and becoming a dictatorship.

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Post by Didge on Sat Jul 09, 2016 7:59 pm

Ben Reilly wrote:It does seem like it would be sneaky to retroactively change the rules. They should have just asked for a straight-up re-vote.


Its not sneaky, what was sneaky, was not making the outcome of the referendum, the final say.
What would be underhanded and sneaky  is for the Politicians to be ruled by fear and vote against the majority wishes of the British people. By voting to stay in the EU. Again 4 millioin signatures is pitiful, when 17 million voted to stay. The fact it has not even got to 10 istelling in itself

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