Article 50 petition... surges past 2.75 million signatures

Petition to revoke Brexit crashes UK Parliament's website

Petition calling for Brexit reversal crashes UK parliament website

European leaders piled the pressure on British MPs on Thursday to back a divorce deal they have negotiated with Prime Minister Theresa May, warning that the alternative was a cliff-edge exit from the EU next week.

French President Emmanuel Macron said Friday that Europe must not remain a "prisoner" to the uncertainties and delays of the Brexit process as Prime Minister Theresa May again seeks parliamentary approval of a new exit deal.

A further extension would require Britain to take part in European Parliament elections in May, despite having voted to leave the bloc three years ago.

European Council President Donald Tusk said all Brexit options remained open- including "a deal, no deal, a long extension or revoking Article 50".

If they do not want to have these elections, "that would mean they have chosen to leave with no deal".

"She will go down as one of worst Prime Ministers in history", Ms Reynolds added.

Parliament has been deadlocked for months over Brexit, with lawmakers unable to decide how to implement the 2016 referendum vote to leave, reflecting bitter divisions in the country as a whole.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the remaining 27 Member States had backed up his legal offers to the United Kingdom on the Irish backstop, also known as the Strasbourg Agreement.

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If she succeeds, the European Union leaders agreed to extend the Article 50 withdrawal process until May 22 to enable the Government to get the necessary legislation through Parliament.

More than 17 million Britons voted in favour of leaving the European Union in a 2016 referendum while 16 million voted to remain, with May serving notice of the UK's intent to leave under Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty the following year.

Brussels said London will have until May 22 to prepare for the withdrawal, provided the UK Parliament approves the Brexit deal next week. It is not clear what would happen to the dates set by the EU.

Between 80,000 and 100,000 people have been simultaneously viewing the petition to revoke article 50.

The principal aim of their extension offer is thus to give Parliament the opportunity to force through a softer version of Brexit, or "even for the British to have a general election to break the current political impasse".

Those assurances come after the U.K. Parliament's petitions website crashed on Thursday as calls to revoke Article 50 and overturn Brexit quickly exceeded 1 million signatures.

According to some reports, May could try to get her deal over the line by offering to resign if MPs approve it, which could win over some Brexit hardliners.

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