UK government: No do-over on Brexit vote

UK government: No do-over on Brexit vote
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[Ed. – Note the emphasized passage.  The government is right to stand by the vote.]

Since British voters decided to leave the European Union in a referendum two weeks ago, more than 4 million people signed a petition calling for a do-over.

Now, the U.K. government has issued an official response to the petition, dashing the hopes of voters who want to see another referendum. …

The vote on the so-called Brexit required more than 50 percent of the voters to favor leaving the EU. “The petition contends that in such an important decision, the bar should be set higher,” as Larry Miller tells our Newscast unit.

The petition reads: “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.”

In its response, the government says that the legislation which determined the referendum’s rules “received overwhelming support from Parliament.” It adds: “The Act did not set a threshold for the result or for minimum turnout.” …

The petition was actually started by an activist who wanted to see the U.K. leave the EU “when polls suggested remain would win,” according to The Guardian. The newspaper adds that it “has been the subject of controversy after it was discovered that thousands of signatures were fake.”

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