Petition calling for UK to hold 2nd EU referendum soars past 2mn signatures
25 June, 2016
Two days after voting ‘out’ of the European Union, over 2 million Brits have signed a petition calling for a second vote, as many feel dissatisfied with the outcome of the referendum.
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Only British citizens or UK residents have the right to sign the petition, and it has proved to be increasingly popular, with the number of signatories rising sharply on Saturday, at a rate of some 1,000 signatures per minute at one point. The website indicates the majority of those who signed the petition are based in regions where ‘stay’ support was strongest. This includes London, where people launched their own petition, calling on Mayor Sadiq Khan to declare the capital city an independent state and apply for EU membership.
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“As a personal opinion of my own devising: I believe it is time that the 7.5million economic migrants who came here to economically enrich themselves and who have failed to integrate should now be returned to their place of national origin.”
Leader Tim Farron said the result had been based on lies by the Leave campaign
The Liberal Democrats will stand at the next general election on a platform of derailing Brexit and keeping Britain in the European Union, the party has announced.
Leader Tim Farron said on Saturday night that he would be “clear and unequivocal” with voters that if elected it would set aside the referendum result and keep Britain in the EU.
He said the referendum result amounted to a “howl of anger” at politicians and that the election of a liberal government would be a way of registering a change of heart by the electorate
Just 48 hours after Brexit, the Leave campaign breaks its two central promises (VIDEO)
two central promises of the Leave campaign were to return taxpayer
funding of the EU to the NHS in Britain, and to put a stop on
immigration. Just 48 hours after the vote, these promises have been
leader Nigel Farage appeared on Good Morning Britain the morning
after the Brexit vote, to dispense with promise number one. Asked if
the Leave campaign would now honour it’s promise to give the £350m
a week which Britain currently spends on its EU membership to the
NHS, Farage answered with a simple ‘No.’
despite a giant red bus trawling the country throughout the campaign
saying quite the opposite.
former stockbroker went on to claim the entire idea had been a big
‘mistake’ by the Leave campaign which he’d never signed up to.
25 June, 2016
However, video has since emerged showing Farage himself pledging those EU millions to the NHS on BBC Question Time.
But this is not the only promise, or indeed the biggest, that the Leave campaign has broken since the Brexit vote.
The figureheads of the campaign are now all relentlessly backtracking on the central pledge of the campaign – which was to curb immigration. Prior to the Brexit vote, the promise to (primarily) working class Britons was: Vote out, and secure your borders.
The Canary warned our readers prior to the vote that this promise would never be upheld. We wrote:
Those who wish to see Britain cut immigration dramatically are going to be bitterly disappointed in the event of a Brexit vote. The economics embraced by David Cameron and the conservatives doesn’t permit protectionism – or ‘looking after our own’. This is why they do nothing for working class Britons losing jobs because their bosses choose to exploit immigrant labour. This is why they do nothing when companies ship British jobs overseas to exploit workers in far away countries. They are not patriots, or nationalists. They think as part of a trans-national capitalist class. The bottom line for them is the profit and loss accounts of themselves and their peers, not the personal aspirations of 31 million working people in Britain, or the near 2 million unemployed. The right can rest assured that if Britain leaves the EU and the Conservatives stay in power – there will be every bit as much, if not more, exploitation of immigrant and overseas labour, and all the losses of jobs, wages and working conditions that go along with it.
Just hours after the vote, prominent members of the Leave campaign were already confirming this nightmare scenario. The conservative plan for Brexit will likely seek to retain free movement of labour across the EU, meaning zero decrease in immigration – and possibly an increase if future trade deals relax free movement of labour laws with other nations.
And now, we enter period of chaos.
The SNP have, rightly, moved to deliver a second referendum on Scottish Independence. In all likelihood, this vote will be successful. Membership of the EU is a deal breaker for most Scots – so the remainder of the UK can kiss goodbye to Scotland.
Lawmakers in Northern Ireland are also now seeking independence, flung into an argument on the nation’s fate in the UK which may very well reignite the still simmering tensions that have blighted the nation for too long.
There is even an, at this stage at least, speculative campaign to make London an independent city-state, which would remain within the European Union.
In the bizarre (but no less bizarre than the position in which we now find ourselves) event that all these moves come off – Wales and the rest of England would be left behind wondering what on earth to do with ourselves. In effect, the premise of the Brexit vote would be turned on it’s head. Wales and England would not have voted to leave the EU, but instead, the UK – with the rest of the UK remaining together and in the EU.
All this, for broken promises by opportunistic politicians who couldn’t care less about those who voted for their cynical campaigns. Let us hope we can come together in the wake of it all to build a better Britain together.