British Government reacts strongly to BREXIT revote petition 10



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An online petition signed by 4.1 million people in the UK opposing the leave stance of the BREXIT vote and calling for a new referendum has been shut down by the facts overnight by the UK Government and the candidates for leader to replace David Cameron putting to bed a lot of the hope for the “stay” movement.

The petition was pushing for the Government to effectively “change the rules” (or enact a rule) that could push for another referendum to be held if the vote for “remain” or “leave” was less that sixty percent of the vote and the turnout was less than 75 percent of the country.

The Foreign Office released a response saying that the legislation did not set a threshold for the vote or put a level required for a minimum turnout.  Their statement said:

“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,” it said.

“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.”

Some 35 million Britons voted in the referendum held on June 23, and the LEAVE vote has won at 52% or 17.4 million votes.  The STAY vote sat at 16.1 million.  Popular sentiment shows a revote would see the vote significantly overturned.

But the politicians seeking to take the reign of the region are campaigning to support the referendum result and ensure it is enacted.

“Brexit means Brexit,” said the highly anticipated Prime Ministerial candidate and leader of the race, Theresa May, current interior minister.

May was an advocate of the STAY vote prior to the referendum but not key to the campaign’s vote.

Do you think that last night’s reaction was the bureaucrats saying “we can’t find a loophole”.  But is it a No? Do you think the Government should enact a revote?


Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. ‘the LEAVE vote has won at 52% or 17.4 million votes. The STAY vote sat at 16.1 million. Popular sentiment shows a revote would see the vote significantly overturned’
    ‘The petition was pushing for the Government to effectively “change the rules” ….if the vote for “remain” or “leave” was less that sixty percent of the vote and the turnout was less than 75 percent of the country’
    I think the politicians are ignoring the public’s democratic rights to bulldoze what they see as significant opportunities for their self-seeking ambitions to prevail over the desires of UK’s peoples.

  2. I wanted the UK to remain in the EU. Everybody who voted the UK to leave made a big mistake. I think the UK government should reconsider. They can’t just shut down the BREXIT revote petition. I really want a revote to happen. There’s no way I’m having a visa when I’m going on holiday to one of the European countries because I used to go on holiday to Portugal without a visa just like everyone in the UK did many times. I even spent Christmas with my family there.

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    • Poor me poor me……..I will need to a visa to go on holiday. What a disaster and yes run the vote again this is such a good reason not to leave the EU. Snowflake generation at its best…… I have an idea….Let’s protest hahaha

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      • Here in Australia we just had a general election can we please redo it i didn’t like the result.

    • Is that all your worried about your bloody holidays in Portugal. …lol

    • And I don’t think the Libs here should be in government …. Another vote because labor lost? Grow up! A vote is a vote and if we had a situation where a vote didn’t reflect what the loser wanted and another was held nothing would ever be done

  3. The vote is done and results must be respecred. If people could not be bothered to vote on the day its too late now. As for Scotland it must respect the majority vote. They should all be looking at working together now for best outcome

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    • Hi Brenda,
      Absolutely agree with you. If people were too lazy to vote on the day, bad luck, they had their chance. Besides, there is no guarantee that a re-vote would overturn the result – to leave. There is every likelihood, that people who want Britain to leave and didn’t vote before, will jump on board and cast a vote to leave.

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      • Agree with you Margaret, the majority vote was to leave, one side had to lose and in a democracy we cannot keep re voting until the losing side gets the result they want; if that were the case the other side would want to vote again and so it goes on.

  4. Why are people suddenly panicking about their decision to leave the EU. Suck it up and get on with it for goodness sake.

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