‘Cancel Brexit’ Petition Nears 6 Million Signatures, Author Suffers Death Threats
77-year-old woman who started the petition has received three death threats over the phone and has suffered massive harassment on Facebook.
The petition on the website of the British Parliament to cancel Brexit, the UK’s exit from the EU, by revoking Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty, has amassed nearly 6 million signatures in less than a week but the woman who started has received death threats.
The Cancel Brexit petition had gathered over 5,720,000 signatures by Tuesday afternoon, after making global headlines at the end of last week when it hit the 3 million mark.
While the petition is unlikely to achieve anything by itself in practical terms, it has been welcomed by pro-EU Brits as an important factor that can boost the campaign for holding a second Brexit referendum in the UK, now also in light of Saturday’s People’s Vote March in London attended by over 1 million demonstrators.
“The government repeatedly claims exiting the EU is ‘the will of the people.’ We need to put a stop to this claim by proving the strength of public support now, for remaining in the EU. A People’s Vote may not happen — so vote now,” states the petition to kill off Brexit.
The British Parliament, which has just the Brexit process from UK Prime Minister Theresa May, is supposed to debate any citizens’ petition to amass over 100,000 signatures.
In the last few days since it began snowballing, the Cancel Brexit petition has been promoted by prominent British politicians and celebrities.
“An issue as big and important as Brexit should not come down to petitions — that said, if you are frustrated that the PM is just not listening, you can sign here,” Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon wrote on Twitter.
Meanwhile, Margaret Georgiadou, the 77-year-old retired lecturer who started the now world-famous petition announced on Twitter over the weekend she had received three death threats by phone, and that she was closing her Facebook account because of massive harassment.
“[I] am the person responsible for the Revoke Art 50 petition… last night I had three telepohoned death threats. (!) Who wants Brexit so much that they are prepared to kill for it?” Georgiadou tweeted.
“My Facebook account has been hacked and [I’ve] had a torrent of abuse on Facebook. [I] am closing my Facebook account,” she added.
The 77-old-woman told the BBC she was “shaking like a leaf” because of the death threats she had received through “horrible” phone calls.
“I feel terrible, I feel angry with myself because I thought I was tougher than that. But I was scared. I haven’t even told my husband because he is very old and he would become hysterical,” Georgiadou revealed.
She said she was hoping her petition would get as many signatures as possible but did not expect a response from the British government.
“Democracy is ruled by society for society, not the majority for the majority. I want it to prove it is no longer the will of the people. It was three years ago but the government has become infamous for changing their mind – so why can’t the people?” she argued.
“People should ask themselves, who is it that wants Brexit? It will help Putin, it will help Trump… but will it help us? I doubt it,” Georgiadou elaborated.