Having previously been exposed as a ‘scam’, the petition – with over 4.1 million signatures – for a second UK referendum has officially been rejected by the British government.On June 23, on a 72 percent turnout, 52 percent (17.4 million people) voted in favor of Britain leaving the European Union.This prompted a teddy-bear-throwing temper-tantrum among the elites (for not listening to their demands) as well as many younger Brits that it’s just not fair… and so a petition was launched: “We the undersigned call upon HM (Her Majesty’s) government to implement a rule that if the remain or leave vote is less than 60 percent based a turnout less than 75 percent there should be another referendum,” the petition said.And gathered 4.1 million signatures (well over the 100k required to prompt a parliamentary debate), despite questions over the validity of many of those signatures.
But today, as Reuters reports, the British government formally rejected the petition calling for a second referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU.
The Foreign Office, the ministry that had steered through parliament the EU Referendum Act setting out the rules, responded that the legislation 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,” 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.”
Both candidates to replace David Cameron as leader of the ruling Conservative Party and prime minister have said the result of the referendum should not be questioned and Brexit should be delivered.
“Brexit means Brexit,” front-runner Theresa May, the interior minister, said in a speech announcing her bid. May had advocated staying in the bloc, but was not a leading figure in the “remain” campaign.
Her rival, junior energy minister Andrea Leadsom, was one of the most passionate advocates of Brexit ahead of the referendum and has said that Britain would flourish outside the EU.
Source: Zero Hedge