Petition calling for Brexit reversal crashes United Kingdom parliament website

Revoke Article 50 petition soars past 500,000 signatures

European leaders piled the pressure on British MPs on Thursday to back a divorce deal they have negotiated with Prime Minister Theresa May, warning that the alternative was a cliff-edge exit from the EU next week.

"If the Withdrawal Agreement is not approved by the House of Commons next week, the European Council agrees to an extension until 12 April 2019 and expects the United Kingdom to indicate a way forward before this date for consideration by the European Council".

A petition calling for Theresa May to revoke Article 50 has picked up more than 500,000 signatures in the past 24 hours following a night of political chaos in Westminster.

"Last night I expressed my frustrations and I know that MPs are frustrated too - they have hard jobs to do".

After a lengthy discussion, the council today also agreed, subject to a successful vote next week, that in order to provide time for the UK Parliament to agree and ratify a Brexit deal, the date of our departure will now be extended to 22 May. But positions have hardened after a chaotic week when the parliament's speaker questioned whether she could even bring her deal to a third vote.

And Italian PM Giuseppe Conte said: "We think a short delay could be useful".

Users were quick to share the petition, with celebrities and MPs tweeting their support for Parliament to revoke the Treaty of Lisbon clause that deals with leaving the EU.

A petition to revoke Article 50, the clause triggering the UK's exit from the European Union, went viral on Thursday, causing Parliament's petitions site to display a notice saying it was "down for maintenance".

'And there was a clear result that we should leave the European Union.

European Council President Donald Tusk said the United Kingdom has until the April 12th to decide whether or not it wishes to take part in the European Parliament elections that take place towards the end of May.

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And she left no doubt that she does not believe the United Kingdom should have to elect MEPs in the polls scheduled for May 23-26 across Europe.

Anna Soubry, the pro-Remain MP who now sits as an independent, said she was unable to travel home this weekend after receiving "very, very serious" death threats.

"We will do everything in the remaining, admittedly few, days to achieve an orderly, joint solution".

May in a speech on Wednesday ruled out asking for a longer extension beyond 30 June.

The UK government "will still have a chance of a deal, no deal, a long extension or revoking Article 50" until 12 April, he said.

"The choice that we have now is one of resolving this issue or extreme unpredictability", he warned.

"To accuse MPs of being a road block when we haven't ever really had the opportunity to vote on other options and things like that I thought was quite extraordinary", she told BBC Radio 4's the World at One.

"A People's Vote may not happen - so vote now".

In her address, Mrs May said the public "have had enough" with the failure of Parliament to deliver on the 2016 referendum vote, adding: "I am on your side".

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