Petition to revoke Article 50 breaks Government website
A petition calling for the Government to revoke Article 50 crashed the official petitions website as Theresa May appeals to EU leaders for a delay to Brexit.
More than one million people have now signed the petition, which calls for support to remain in the EU, surpassing the 100,000-signature threshold needed for it to be debated in Parliament.
There was increased activity in signatures following the Prime Minister's appeal to the public on Wednesday night.
In her Downing Street statement, she blamed MPs for failing to implement the result of the 2016 EU referendum and told frustrated voters: "I am on your side."
Users were quick to share the petition, with celebrities and MPs tweeting their support for Parliament to revoke the Treaty of Lisbon clause which deals with leaving the EU.
Famous figures including actors Hugh Grant and Jennifer Saunders, TV presenter and author Caitlin Moran, physicist Brian Cox and former Labour press chief Alastair Campbell all urged their followers on social media to sign the petition.
Alongside the link, Grant wrote: "I've signed. And it looks like every sane person in the country is signing too. National emergency."
I've signed. And it looks like every sane person in the country is signing too. National emergency. Revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU. - Petitions https://t.co/tPgkaz1soi— Hugh Grant (@HackedOffHugh) March 20, 2019
The petition had reached more than 610,000 signatures before the website began showing an error message shortly after 9am on Thursday, with around 584,000 of those signing from the UK.
The error was later rectified and the number of signatures began increasing once again.
The rate of signing is the highest the site has ever had to deal with and we have had to make some changes to ensure the site remains stable and open for signatures and new petitions. Thanks for bearing with us.— Petitions Committee (@HoCpetitions) March 21, 2019
The petition reads: "The Government repeatedly claims exiting the EU is 'the will of the people'.
"We need to put a stop to this claim by proving the strength of public support now for remaining in the EU. A People's Vote may not happen – so vote now."