Washington: PM David Cameron has formally rejected a second Brexit referendum despite an official petition which received more than 4.1 million signatures.
The petition, which was started by a Brexit supporter William Oliver Healey, urged a re-run in case there was a narrow Remain victory. However, the Government rejected the petition claiming it was now time to exit the EU and ‘ensure the best possible outcome for the British people’.
David Cameron, pictured here today with US President Barack Obama in Warsaw rejected a second Brexit referendum despite a parliamentary petition calling for a re-run receiving more than 4 million signatures
Normally when a petition on parliament’s website hits 100,000 signatures, the Petitions Committee considers it for a parliamentary debate. However, the government has decided to push on with Brexit without a debate on a second referendum.
In a statement released by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the government was now fully committed to securing a Brexit deal. According to the statement: ‘The EU Referendum Act received Royal Assent in December 2015. The Act was scrutinised and debated in Parliament during its passage and agreed by both the House of Commons and the House of Lords.
‘The Act set out the terms under which the referendum would take place, including provisions for setting the date, franchise and the question that would appear on the ballot paper. ‘The Act did not set a threshold for the result or for minimum turnout.
‘As the Prime Minister made clear in his statement to the House of Commons on June 27, the referendum was one of the biggest democratic exercises in British history with over 33 million people having their say.
‘The Prime Minister and Government have been clear that this was a once in a generation vote and, as the Prime Minister has said, the decision must be respected.
‘We must now prepare for the process to exit the EU and the Government is committed to ensuring the best possible outcome for the British people in the negotiations.’