“Revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU” is the second most-signed e-petition in the UK.
An e-petition calling for the government to revoke Article 50 has passed more than three and a half million signatures.
On the government’s petitions section of the website, an appeal titled “Revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU” is now the second most-signed e-petition in the UK’s history.
With many members of the public concerned by the government’s handling of Brexit negotiations, there have been increasing calls for Theresa May to revoke Article 50.
This would delay the UK leaving the EU but has benefits for both leavers and remainers. For the leave party, the UK would have more time to negotiate a better deal without strict deadlines (which are now being extended) and those who voted remain will retain hope that Brexit is cancelled altogether if Article 50 is revoked.
E-petitions that receive over 100,000 signatures must be considered by the Petitions Committee and could be escalated to parliamentary debate.
Whether this e-petition will be debated in parliament or acted upon remains to be seen but the public have made a statement by signing in their numbers.
Here, we look at the three other e-petitions that have passed more than one million signatures, and whether they were successful.
Oppose plans to introduce road pricing
Back in 2007, just shy of 1.8 million people signed a petition urging the Tony Blair administration to scrap plans to introduce toll roads and vehicle tracking.
In a bid to tackle congestion, Blair proposed a pilot scheme to test road pricing with many critics describing it as a “stealth tax” on motorists.
But the e-petition failed to make a difference as Blair instead sent an email to more than one million signatories to explain why it would still be going ahead.
Prevent Donald Trump from making a State Visit to the United Kingdom
Nearly two million people signed an e-petition calling for the Queen to refuse a State Visit for Donald Trump after he was elected as president of the United States.
The e-petition claimed that Trump’s State Visit would “embarrass” the Queen after some controversial behaviour from the ex-businessman.
This was debated in parliament, although it ended up being rejected. May instead said that the UK looked forward to welcoming Trump on a State Visit.
EU Referendum Rules triggering a 2nd EU Referendum
With more than four million signatures, the e-petition calling for a second referendum on leaving the EU is the most-signed ever in UK history.
Citing the fact that just over half of the public voted to leave with less than 75 per cent turnout, the government should put this referendum to the public again.
But this e-petition was rejected after parliamentary debate as there were no clauses in the original referendum which would trigger a follow-up vote based on turnout or result.