After the Brexit, a petition was posted to the British Parliament's website, calling for a second referendum. It has over 3 million signatures by now, probably some from Nigeria, Peru and Jamaica too.
Questions are being raised as to the true number of UK citizens signing a petition to urge another European Union membership referendum as evidence emerged that activists are encouraging foreign signatories. Some critics claim that a “bot” or “script” is being used to automatically generate names and signatories, writes Breibart.
An analysis of the data on the petition shows that at least 6 per cent of the signatories, or nearly 200,000 are from foreign countries. While foreign-based UK nationals are allowed to sign UK petitions, some believe that many of these are fraudulent given that Remain activists are handing out post codes online in order to elicit more signatures from abroad, according to the site.
And some believe that a “script” or a “bot” is being used to automatically generate signatures for the petition. Twitter users are pointing to this PasteBin link which they claim is a script to automate sign ups.
The House of Commons petitions committee has even acknowledged that there may be fraudulent signatures on the petition, and has claimed that they will remove them:
"We are investigating allegations of fraudulent use of the petitions site. Signatures found to be fraudulent will be removed."
Nevertheless if a petition gets more than 100,000 signatures, it forces the Parliament to consider discussing the matter. The petition reads:
"EU Referendum Rules triggering a 2nd EU Referendum
We the undersigned call upon HM Government to implement a rule that if the remain or leave vote is less than 60% based a turnout less than 75% there should be another referendum".
And the reply to the petition is at the moment:
Parliament will consider this for a debate
Parliament considers all petitions that get more than 100,000 signatures for a debate
Waiting for 2 days for a debate date
Government will respond
Government responds to all petitions that get more than 10,000 signatures
Waiting for 2 days for a government response
Many believe this petition shows a sore loser mentality and that it shows lack of respect for the result of the referendum. This has lead to more petitions on the official Government site, in response to it, where they beg for a second chance if the result doesn't go their way.
One petition reads:
Petition: Redraw the national lottery because I didn't win.
I didn't win so I want a second chance.
Petition: Iceland v England if we lose the game has to be replayed
France hand balled it stopped Ireland going to World Cup so out of order. My mate split from his wife never been the same fella over this.
However, these petitions, which are clearly made for fun - even though the point is the same - are removed after a while by moderators of the site.
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