Online petition demands 2nd referendum on Britain’s decision to leave EU

A Remain supporter stops to talk to people as he walks around with his European flag across the street from the Houses of Parliament in London, Friday, June 24, 2016. (AP Photo/ Matt Dunham)

London (CNN) — From Brexit to Regrexit — an online petition demanding a second referendum on Britain’s decision to leave the EU has passed 2 million signatures.

By Saturday afternoon, more than 2 million people had signed the petition on the official UK Parliament website. That number takes it well over the 100,000-signature threshold needed to force a debate on the issue by members of Parliament.

A rush to sign the petition caused the website to crash temporarily due to the high volume of traffic.

The petition, set up by William Oliver Healey, states: “We the undersigned call upon [the UK] Government to implement a rule that if the Remain or Leave vote is less than 60 percent, based on a turnout less than 75 percent, there should be another referendum.”

Thursday’s referendum had a turnout of 72 percent — an increase over last year’s general election turnout of 66 percent, but below the 75 percent suggested in the petition.

The “Leave” campaign won with 17,410,74 votes — 52 percent — to the “Remain” team’s 16,141,241, or 48 percent.

Ben Howlett, a Conservative MP, confirmed on Twitter than the petition would be discussed by the House of Commons petitions Select Committee Tuesday.

That news came as some voters who had backed the “Leave” campaign took to Twitter to register their regret — adopting the #Regrexit hashtag. Khembe at @rambogiblet wrote “I personally voted leave believing these lies and I regret it more than anything, I feel genuinely robbed of my vote.”

One voter, Adam from Manchester, told the BBC: “My vote — I didn’t think was going to matter too much because I thought we were just going to remain. The David Cameron resignation has blown me away to be honest. I think the period of uncertainty we’re going to have for the next few months has been magnified, so I’m quite worried.”

Another “Leave” voter, Mandy, told the London Evening Standard that she would change her vote if she could. “This morning the reality is actually hitting in and the regret is hitting in,” she said Friday. “I wish I had the opportunity to vote again, simply because I would do things differently.”

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