That petition, which was created weeks before the election by a "leave" campaign supporter, suggested that there should be a rule that in referendums with less than 75 percent turnout (June's vote was 72.2 percent), there should be another referendum unless a decision is reached by more than 60 percent of those voting.
Any such rule change was always extremely unlikely as it would require retroactively legislating the referendum. Despite this, thousands and soon millions of British voters signed the petition. It is now the most-signed petition on the British government-run website.
All petitions on Parliament's website are supposed to be debated if they receive more than 100,000 signatures. As the Petitions Committee noted in a statement released Tuesday, this does not mean there will be a second referendum or even a vote on whether to have a second referendum. "It is up to the government to decide whether it wants to start the process of agreeing to a new law for a second referendum," the statement reads.
“The debate will allow MPs to put forward a range of views on behalf of their constituents," a House of Commons spokesman told the Evening Standard. "At the end of the debate, a Government Minister will respond to the points raised.”
Britain's Foreign Office has stated that there would be no second referendum, with a statement that said the referendum's result cannot be changed and that the "decision must be respected." One poll conducted by YouGov concluded that the majority of the country opposed a second referendum on E.U. membership.