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UK petition seeks EU referendum repeat

Press AssociationPress Association 25/06/2016

A campaign for a second EU referendum caused Britain's House of Commons petitions website to crash after it experienced a higher volume of simultaneous users than ever before.

The petition passed the 200,000 mark on Friday evening, with a map of the voting indicating that most activity was in London - where most boroughs backed Remain in the referendum.

A House of Commons spokeswoman said earlier that the site "was temporarily down due to exceptionally high volumes of simultaneous users on a single petition, significantly higher than on any previous occasion".

The page, set up by William Oliver Healey, reads: "We the undersigned call upon HM Government to implement a rule that if the Remain or Leave vote is less than 60% based on a turnout less than 75%, there should be another referendum."

If a petition receives more than 100,000 signatures, they will be considered for debate in parliament.

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