Petition to revoke Article 50 has 'highest recorded signing rate'

The U.K. government's petition website shows the number of signatures for a petition demanding the government cancel Article 50 and remain in the E.U

The "Revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU" petition on the parliament website had attracted 706,096 signatures by 1048 GMT, backed by support on social media, although the site appeared to be regularly crashing due to the large numbers trying to sign.

The UK Government and Parliament's Petitions website has a petition calling for just that.

Actor Hugh Grant explained why he supports the action.

The Petitions Committee said almost 2,000 signatures were being completed every minute over Thursday lunchtime, crashing the website because of the unprecedented number of visits.

When asked for Theresa May's view on the petition, a No 10 spokeswoman said May anxious failing to deliver Brexit would cause "potentially irreparable damage to public trust".

In Wednesday's speech, Theresa May pinned the blame on MPs for her move to seek a delay to Brexit from the end of this month to 30 June, telling voters: "I am on your side".

The most popular pro-Brexit petition has 375,000 signatures.

The Four Weddings and a Funeral star shared a petition via Twitter calling on the British government to revoke Article 50, the legal process by which a member state exits the bloc, and remain a member, thus ignoring the 2016 referendum where the majority of people voted to leave.

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"It's now or never for a lot of people", she said.

The UK may no longer leave the European Union on March 29 after Theresa May's Brexit plan was heavily defeated in Parliament twice before MPs backed a motion to delay Britain's departure.

That followed a joint statement by the SNP, Lib Dems, Greens and Plaid Cymru saying they would be "prepared to take steps to secure a parliamentary vote on the revocation of Article 50".

"This is a mixture of people signing petitions and refreshing the site to see changes to the number of signatures".

The petition was receiving some 1,500 signatures every 60 seconds before the site crashed at about 9 a.m. United Kingdom time, the Guardian reported.

A House of Commons spokesperson said the site had experienced technical difficulties but added staff were working to get it working again urgently.

May has asked European Council President Donald Tusk to delay Brexit from March 29 until the end of June and said she was preparing for a third vote in the British parliament on the exit deal she arduously negotiated with the EU.

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