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On her way: If enough people sign this petition, it cold be the end for Theresa May.

An online petition calling on the UK government to revoke article 50 and remain in the EU is on course to be more popular than the vote to leave the EU in a 2016 referendum after it attracted more than two million signatures in 24 hours.

The petition started to gain signatures in a big way after Theresa May’s statement on Wednesday evening, in which she claimed that the people of the UK wanted her to “get on” with Brexit, stated that she was “on your side”, and tried to blame MPs for the delays that mean the UK will not leave the EU on March 29, under the miserable terms of a pathetic deal that she negotiated.

Downing Street has already stated that she believes “failing to deliver on the referendum result would be a failure of our democracy and something she couldn’t countenance”.

That means a petition with more than 17.4 million – valid – signatures will create a democratic drama for her, as failing to act on it would also be a failure of our democracy. If Theresa May decides she can countenance that, then perhaps she should retire.

The petition’s web page is currently set to update every half hour, after several resource-intensive features were disabled to stop it from crashing. The last time This Writer checked, the number of signatures was increasing by more than 100,000 on each update.

At the time of writing, it stands at more than 3,270,000.

It occurs to This Writer that the best way to get a “people’s vote” on Mrs May’s Brexit – one that she is determined to deny the electorate – is via this petition.

It is possible that people who agree with its aim may be unaware of it – or may simply feel that it won’t do any good; apathy in politics can be a brutal enemy.

If you want the will of the people to be known, I would strongly advise you to sign the petition yourself (if you haven’t already), to inform all your friends that it exists if they don’t know already, and to persuade those who do know about it but don’t think it will do any good.

Once again, you can find it here.

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