The UK Parliament’s petition website crashed this morning as hundreds of thousands of Brits raced to back a call for Brexit to be cancelled by revoking Article 50.
The petition had received more than 600,000 signatures before the website was overloaded by the high volume of traffic at about 9am. Petitions require 100,000 signatures in order to be considered for debate in Parliament.
Margaret Anne Georgiadou, who created the petition, said the petition “didn’t do very well for a week”. She told the BBC: “I nearly gave up but then I contacted a lot of people and it took off.”
A House of Commons spokesperson said the site crashed due to “a large and sustained load on the system”. The site briefly was temporarily brought back online, before crashing again, with website visitors greeted by a “down for maintenance” message.
The petition reads: “The Government repeatedly claims exiting the EU is ‘the will of the people’. We need to put a stop to this claim by proving the strength of public support now, for remaining in the EU. A People’s Vote may not happen – so vote now.”
Prime Minster Theresa May is due to visit Brussels to ask the EU for a delay to next Friday’s Brexit deadline. Next week, the Government will try for a third time to persuade MPs to back her EU withdrawal deal.
In December 2018, the European Court of Justice declared that the UK Government can unilaterally revoke Article 50 of the Treaty of the European Union, and stay in the EU without the consent of the 27 other member states.