More Than Two Million Britons Have Signed Petition Calling For Re-Do Of Brexit Vote

Posted on June 25, 2016, 7:29 pm
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ABC News:

More than 2 million Britons and U.K. residents have signed a petition calling for a redo of the European Union referendum, just days after the United Kingdom voted to leave the bloc.

The petition, which was posted before Thursday’s vote, said the government should hold another referendum on E.U. membership if the votes for the “Leave” or “Remain” side are less than 60 percent in a turnout of fewer than 75 percent of eligible voters.

Brexit remain campaigners (Jim Killock via Flikr)

Brexit remain campaigners (Jim Killock via Flikr)

The referendum Thursday saw a turnout of 72 percent of eligible voters, with 52 percent — or more than 17 million people — backing a British exit, or “Brexit,” and 48 percent voting to remain an E.U. member state.

The financial markets quickly reacted to the results: Around 8 a.m. local time Friday, the Britishstock market had plunged 7.7 percent and the German index had fallen 10 percent, according to The Associated Press. U.S. stock markets closed at three month lows on Friday.

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, who announced his resignation Friday after leading the failed “Remain” campaign, had said there wouldn’t be a second vote.

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