Petition website crashes as people rush to request a second referendum


The Remainers were never going to go down without a fight, and it looks like that fight has come in the very British form of a petition.

The petition is calling for a change to the referendum rules to trigger a second referendum on the EU and it has been so popular that the website has crashed twice in the last hour.

A screenshot of the petition page to change EU rules

The petition reads: "We the undersigned call upon HM Government to implement a rule that if the remain or leave vote is less than 60% based a turnout less than 75% there should be another referendum."

It has begun to gain traction. Before it crashed a second time, it had over 77,000 signatures.

Remain campaigners look crestfallen as results come in (Rob Stothard/PA)

This means the petition is guaranteed to receive a response from the government.

If it gets more than 100,000 signatures, the petition will be considered for debate in Parliament.