“More than 40,000 signatures come from people who said they live in Vatican City – a tiny state with just 800 residents”
- Anti-Brexit protesters want re-run despite record vote turnout of 33.5million
- Pro-EU demonstrators in London and Edinburgh took to streets today
- Petition demands another EU referendum as margin was less than 20%
- After passing 3.3m names it is the most popular Parliament petition ever
- Labour’s David Lammy suggests MPs should ignore vote and stay in EU
By MATT DATHAN, POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT FOR MAILONLINE
The petition demanding a second referendum on Britain’s EU membership is under investigation by authorities over allegations of fraud, it emerged today.
Thousands of signatures were found to have been from overseas, which is illegal for petitions posted on the Government website.
The move has been backed by more than 3.3million names – a record for petitions on the Parliament website – forcing MPs to consider the proposals for a re-run.
It also emerged today that the founder of the petition, which demands a re-count of the referendum because turnout was less than 75 per cent and the margin of victory was smaller than 20 per cent, is a Brexit supporter.
William Oliver Healey, a final year student at De Montfort University, set up the petition in case the Leave campaign lost by s slim margin but ironically it was hijacked by Remain supporters after Thursday’s 4 per cent win for Brexit.
However, among the backers are people in the United States, Germany, France and even Syria.
More than 40,000 signatures come from people who said they live in Vatican City – a tiny state with just 800 residents. Civil servants are now investigating allegations of fraudulent sign-ups
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