Government say they will NOT revoke Article 50
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The Government has responded to the 'cancel Brexit' petition by saying it will not revoke Article 50.
In an updated response on the petition page, the Government responded saying it will 'honour the result of the 2016 referendum and work with Parliament to deliver a deal that ensures we leave the European Union.'
The Government say they are working on a deal that benefits everyone, irrespective of what they voted.
'Revoking Article 50, and thereby remaining in the European Union, would undermine both our democracy and the trust that millions of voters have placed in Government.
The statement went on to add that the Government acknowledges the petition, however the sign-ups are nowhere near that of the referendum.
'Close to three quarters of the electorate took part in the 2016 referendum, trusting that the result would be respected.
'This government wrote to every household prior to the referendum, promising that the outcome of the referendum would be implemented.
However, the petition will be debated by MPs on April 1st.
The petition was launched back in February as a challenge to the government’s repeated claims that exiting the EU is 'the will of the people' and has since then gained more than five million signatures. It is expected to reach the six million mark by tomorrow evening.
The 'Cancel Brexit' petition, which even has its own Wikipedia page launched back in February. It has since gained over 5.7 million signatures whilst only 100,000 are required for Parliament to consider and respond to the debate.
It is expected to reach the six million mark by tomorrow evening.
The announcement follows the recent People's Vote march on Saturday where people took to the streets demanding the government to put the Brexit deal vote to them.
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