Remoaners look to best Brexit petition with general election plea

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Remoaners have been sharing a petition calling for an immediate general election in hopes it might attract more signatures than one on Brexit, which garnered over 6 million names. The latest petition calling for a public referendum on Liz Truss’s leadership has already received more than 300,000 in a week, meaning Parliament can consider it as a topic for debate.

The petition, posted on the Government’s dedicated website, it wants a vote to take place “so that the people can decide who should lead us through the unprecedented crises threatening the UK”.

It said that the “chaos” currently surrounding the Government was “unprecedented”.

The petition cited the vast swathes of ministers who resigned from Boris Johnson’s administration in an eventually successful bid to get him to resign, which it said left “departments without leadership during cost of living, energy and climate crises.

“War rages in Ukraine, the Northern Ireland Protocol has further damaged our relationship with Europe, recession looms, the UK itself may cease to exist as Scotland seeks independence.

“This is the greatest set of challenges we have seen in our lifetimes. Let the people decide who leads us through this turmoil.”

Darrin Charlesworth, a West Yorkshire resident who created the petition, commented: “Austerity was a con, Brexit was a con, fracking is a con.

“We’re being treated as suckers not citizens. We need a general election to give the British people a real democratic choice.”

As of 1.50pm today, the petition had received 371 signatures from Ms Truss’s own constituency.

Once the petition had passed 100,000 signatures, it received a flat rebuttal from the Cabinet Office, which noted that the UK “is a Parliamentary democracy, not a Presidential one”.

It continued: “Following the general election of December 2019, Members of Parliament of the governing party (the Conservative Party) were elected, such that there is a majority in the House of Commons. This remains the case.

“A change in the leader of the governing party does not trigger a general election – this has been the case under Governments of successive political colours.”

It went on to point out that a recent act allows for Parliament to automatically be dissolved after five years, unless it is done so sooner.

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It added that “otherwise the timing is a matter of discretion for the incumbent Prime Minister”.

The Cabinet Office said that Ms Truss’s first speech as Prime Minister had set out her priorities including growth, the energy crisis and the NHS.

It said she “is determined to address the challenges the country faces and ensure opportunity and prosperity for all people and future generations”.

Despite this response, signatures keep flooding in, with remainers cheering on a better turnout than their attempt to revoke Article 50 in 2019.

Andrew Parnall said: “This Government is broken like the one before it. Truss is in office because of the votes from a tiny percentage of voters, she has no mandate from the electorate.

Richard Haviland, a former civil servant, commented: “It cannot be stressed highly enough that Truss and [Kwasi] Kwarteng have zero mandate for what they’re doing.

“It bears no resemblance to anything in their manifesto. They are effectively unelected.”

Alan Rogers tweeted: “We got 6 million for the stop Brexit petition, this needs to beat that.”

Meanwhile, Croydon for Europe said: “Remember the petition to cancel Brexit that got 6 million plus signatures? Let’s get more for this petition!”

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