This. If there was a second referendum right now, there would be a much larger majority for staying within the EU than that against 3 years ago.The percentage is irrelevant. It is by far the highest number for any petition on the parliament website since it went live.
More to the point it demonstrates there is a real appetite for giving the final decision back to the UK electorate once the ramifications are known. All parties have tip-toed around the idea since the referendum because they are all scared of alienating their constituents and losing their seats. If enough weight is thrown behind a second vote and there is cross-party agreement then a vote could happen.
Compare it to the petition started just one day later demanding we leave on Mar 29 with no deal which has garnered roughly 10% of the votes the Revoke petition has.As long as it fits your narrative.
So then why would you listen to this petition vs the referendum? Either we take vox populi into account or we don't, in the former case the petition is way too small to matter, in the latter referendum shouldn't have happened period and gov't should simply ignore it.The reach an informal online petition has in less than 2 weeks vs. the reach of a national referendum with months of campaigning behind it.
Yes, let's ignore absolutely everything and toss it aside.
https://www.bbc.com/news/live/uk-politics-parliaments-47696409MPs are now voting on Sir Oliver Letwin’s cross-party amendment, which would allow MPs to take control of the parliamentary agenda on Wednesday.
This would allow MPs to put forward business motions relating to Brexit - most likely indicative votes on alternatives to the PM’s deal.
https://www.bbc.com/news/live/uk-politics-parliaments-47696409This says that if the UK is seven days away from leaving without a deal, the government must move a motion within two sitting days (or recall Parliament) to vote on whether to go ahead with no-deal or request an extension "to give time for Parliament to determine a different approach".
https://www.bbc.com/news/live/uk-politics-parliaments-47696409What happens now?
Indicative votes will now be held on Wednesday on various Brexit options, in addition to Theresa May's deal, which could include:
- Revoking Article 50 and cancelling Brexit
- Another referendum
- The PM's deal plus a customs union
- The PM's deal plus both a customs union and single market access
- A Canada-style free trade agreement
- Leaving the EU without a deal
Frankly there is no conspicuous logic to MPs backing Letwin and not Beckett. But that is the Brexit Commons for you