More than 4 million pro-Europeans recently signed the petition “EU Referendum Rules triggering a 2nd EU Referendum”: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/131215 The House of Commons’ Petitions Committee has decided to schedule a debate on this petition. The debate will take place on 5 September at 4.30pm in Westminster Hall, the second debating chamber of the House of Commons.
Nick Hopkinson, Chairman of London4Europe, said “It is hoped pro-Europeans will call on their MPs to intervene in the debate and support the unprecedented volume of voters calling for a second referendum, possibly on the terms of what BREXIT actually entails, in light of the mendacious campaign and slim majority, and the adverse impact of BREXIT on the economy and national unity”.
Note: At the end of the debate, a Government Minister will respond to the points raised. A debate in Westminster Hall does not have the power to change the law, and won’t end with the House of Commons deciding whether or not to have a second referendum. Moreover, the petition – which was opened on 25 May, well before the referendum – calls for the referendum rules to be changed. It is now too late for the rules to be changed retrospectively. It will be up to the Government to decide whether it wants to start the process of agreeing a new law for a second referendum.