Online petitions for a do-over referendum are gathering steam
Many are reeling after Britain voted on Thursday to leave the European Union, but some who voted in favor of the Brexit are wondering just what they’ve gotten themselves into.
In the wake of the historic vote, stock markets have plunged and the value of the British pound dropped to its lowest value in 31 years, prompting many to regret their decision to vote for the Brexit. By late Friday, a parliamentary petition had been launched – and was gathering signatures at the rate of roughly 1,000 names per minute, reported the Independent – to hold a second vote.
“Even though I voted to leave, this morning I woke up and I just – the reality did actually hit me,” one voter told Britain’s ITV News. “If I had the opportunity to vote again, it would be to stay.”
Another voter told BBC News during its live coverage that he is “quite worried” about what Brexit will hold.
“I’m a bit shocked, to be honest,” he said. “I’m shocked that we actually have voted to leave, I didn’t think that was going to happen. My vote, I didn’t think was going to matter too much. I thought we were just going to remain.”
Others voiced their concern on social media, with one Twitter user writing that he regrets voting for the Brexit.
“I voted leave to help our economy,” he tweeted. “However the [pound] has plummeted and I immediately regret my decision.”
Another tweeter wrote: “I personally voted leave unbelieving these lies and I regret it more than anything, I feel genuinely robbed of my vote.”
[IMAGE “1” “” “std” ]More than 33 million people headed to the polls on Thursday, with 16.1 million voting to stay in the EU and 17.4 million – 51.9 percent – voting to leave.
The petition for all those with second thoughts quickly flew past the 100,000 signatures needed to force a debate in Parliament. It argues that the Brexit vote failed to meet a required 60-percent majority and 75-percent turnout threshold and, as such, must be thrown out and second referendum held.
Boris Johnson, the unofficial leader of the “leave” campaign, spoke about the referendum at a Friday news conference.
The former London mayor said that those who voted in favor of the Brexit, “have decided it is time to vote to take back control from a European Union that has become too opaque and not accountable enough to the people it is meant to serve.”
However, it appears that many confused over what Brexit might mean for the country have taken to Google for answers.
On Thursday, Google reported a nearly 300 percent spike in searches for “what happens if we leave the EU” in just one hour.
Other top questions searched on Google following the Brexit results included “What will happen now we’ve left the EU?” and “Which countries are in the EU?”
Not everyone was disappointed with the results though, Donald Trump and Sarah Palin were pleased with the outcome, with Palin calling it “good news” in a tweet and Trump calling it a “great thing,” according to the New York Times
Following the results, British Prime Minister David Camera – a “remain” supporter – announced his resignation, vowing to do all he can to “steady the ship over the coming weeks and months.”
The exit process could take a minimum of two years, according to BBC News.