Parliament will consider a debate on holding a referendum on the final Brexit deal, after a petition to do so gained more than 100,000 signatures.
If a parliamentary petition gains 10,000 signatures the Government is obliged to respond. If it gains 100,000 signatures the Government has to consider the issue for debate in Parliament.
Petitions which reach 100,000 signatures are almost always debated, but may not be if the issue has already been debated recently or there is a debate on that topic scheduled for the near future.
The House of Commons petition committee will decide whether to hold a debate at their next meeting on 10 October, a spokesman confirmed.
The petition, started by Liberal Democrat council candidate for Rotherhithe Tom Holder, calls on the Government ‘to give the people of this country the final say on the Brexit deal negotiated by the UK and EU.
‘This would be done through a referendum that would take place prior to the April 2019 exit date.’
The petition calls for three options to be available for the public to choose:
1. To revoke Article 50, thereby keeping Britain in the EU
2. To reject the UK-EU deal and leave the EU
3. To accept the UK-EU deal and leave the EU
The petition also proposed that ‘If no agreement has been negotiated by the UK and EU before the date of the referendum, then the third option could be removed.
‘If all three options remain, it may be necessary for the vote to take place using a Single Transferable Vote to ensure no option is disadvantaged.’
The Department for Exiting the EU responded to the petition, saying: ‘On 23 June 2016 the British people voted to leave the European Union.
‘The UK Government is clear that it is now its duty to implement the will of the people and so there will be no second referendum.’