It's official... There won't be a second EU referendum despite millions signing the petition


EU referendum

Demands from more than four million people for a second referendum on European Union membership have been rejected by the Government.

A petition on the Parliament website called for the Government to hold a second referendum because less than 60% of the vote was in favour of Brexit, and the turnout was below 75%.

Some 4.1 million signatories have backed the call for a fresh vote, but an official response from the Foreign Office stressed that the referendum was a "once in a generation" vote and the decision of the electorate on June 23 had to be respected. petition screenshot

The referendum saw 17.4 million (51.9%) votes cast to leave the EU, compared with 16.1 million (48.1%) for remaining part of the bloc, with a turnout of 72.2%, according to the Electoral Commission.

In its official response to the petition the Foreign Office said the law which set the rules for the referendum did not specify minimum conditions on turnout or margin of victory.

The response said: "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 27 June, 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."

As with most throughout the referendum, opinions on the recent news have been mixed.