At time of writing the Revoke Article 50 petition has smashed through the 4 million mark — with 4,167,129 signatures —making it the fastest growing Parliamentary petition in history, according to the official Petitions Committee. Started in late February, today it also became the most popular petition ever submitted to the parliamentary website.
Somewhat ironically, the previous record — with 4,150,260 signatures — was held by Leave voter Oliver Healey, who fearing a narrow Remain victory set up the petition before the 2016 referendum calling for a second referendum “if the remain or leave vote is less than 60% based a turnout less than 75%”.
Three times as many signatures as all the pro-Brexit petitions combined
Now, Revoke Article 50 has taken the title, having crashed the website numerous time since the petition leapt in popularity on Wednesday. Analysis by software firm Tableau of the 16,000 petitions running on the government website showed the revoke Article 50 petition had more than three times as many signatures as all the pro-Brexit petitions combined.
However, it’s incredible popularity has come at a cost for creator Margaret Anne Georgiadou, who has become a hero in the Remain Facebook community The Very Brexit Problems Club of which she’s a member. It was here, this morning, she revealed that she’s been subject to a torrent of online abuse from Leavers and three telephoned death threats. She’s now taking action to combat these crimes and the community has rallied to her defence with offers of practical help and support.
Georgiadou brave stance and her petition have proven two things beyond doubt. That not only is there a huge swell of support for ending the idiocy of Brexit, but that some Leavers fear true people power so much that there’s no level they won’t stoop to thwart democracy. Thankfully, on the streets of London today, with hundreds of thousands set to march, they’ll see it takes more than idiotic threats to stop the Remain movement fighting to save the country.