Tens of thousands of Britons are looking for a do-over after the country voted to leave the European Union.
So many users are signing a petition for a re-run of Britain’s referendum on European Union membership that they’ve crashed the House of Commons website hosting the document.
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The petition passed the 200,000 mark on Friday evening, with a map of the voting indicating that most activity was in London – where most boroughs backed the “remain” camp in the Brexit referendum.
The House of Commons said it had seen “high volumes of simultaneous users on a single petition, significantly higher than on any previous occasion.”
A second referendum isn’t in the cards for now, but experts say it isn’t out of the question if those who back a British exit begin suffering from buyer’s remorse.
Britain voted to leave the European Union after a bitterly divisive referendum campaign, toppling the government Friday, sending global markets plunging and shattering the stability of a project in continental unity designed half a century ago to prevent World War III.
The decision launches a yearslong process to renegotiate trade, business and political links between the United Kingdom and what will become a 27-nation bloc, an unprecedented divorce that could take decades to complete.
Prime Minister David Cameron, who had led the campaign to keep Britain in the EU, said he would resign by October and left it to his successor to decide when to invoke Article 50, which triggers a departure from European Union.
“I will do everything I can as prime minister to steady the ship over the coming weeks and months,” he said, “but I do not think it would be right for me to try to be the captain that steers the country to its next destination.”
A majority of voters in England and Wales voted to leave the EU while most voters in Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to stay.