Petition to cancel Brexit closes in on 5m signatures

The petition to revoke Article 50 and cancel Brexit is closing in on five million signatures, a day after a reported million people marched through London to demand a new referendum. 

The online movement is now the most popular petition on record as the revolt against Brexit gains momentum amid the chaos of Theresa May's EU negotiations.   

By Sunday morning it had more than 4.8million signatures, surpassing a 2016 petition calling for a second vote, and the website has already crashed repeatedly.  

Mrs May has already rejected the petition, which warns that a second referendum or People's Vote may never happen and calls on Remainers to 'prove the strength of public support' for cancelling Brexit.  

Climbing: By Sunday morning some 4.8million people have

Climbing: By Sunday morning some 4.8million people have 

A general view of Anti-Brexit campaigners as they take part in the People's Vote March in London and wave pro-EU banners

A general view of Anti-Brexit campaigners as they take part in the People's Vote March in London and wave pro-EU banners

There were a sea of flags and banners at yesterday's march, with organisers claiming a million people turned out - though police have yet to confirm

There were a sea of flags and banners at yesterday's march, with organisers claiming a million people turned out - though police have yet to confirm

The exact number of people at the march has yet to be determined but photos show large crowds and organisers are confident the final number will be more than 700,000

The exact number of people at the march has yet to be determined but photos show large crowds and organisers are confident the final number will be more than 700,000

An unnamed protester was pictured wearing a European Union flag on her top and waving a flag during the march

An unnamed protester was pictured wearing a European Union flag on her top and waving a flag during the march

Demands for a referendum have grown as supporters of a People's Vote claim it is the only way out of the current deadlock in Parliament. 

Labour's Jeremy Corbyn has long been cautious of backing a second vote, demanding a general election instead, and last week ordered his MPs to abstain on a Commons motion calling for a referendum.

Yesterday organisers of the Put it to the People march claimed one million people joined the peaceful procession through the capital. 

The reported crowd size, which has not been confirmed by police, would be the largest demonstration since protests against the Iraq War in 2003. 

Marchers waving EU flags and carrying their placards emblazoned with political messages weaved their way from Hyde Park Corner to Parliament Square on Saturday as AC/DC's Highway to Hell blared out.

Labour's deputy leader Tom Watson accused the Prime Minister of having 'lost control' of the Brexit process and said he could only back her deal if 'you let the people vote on it too'. 

Prime Minister Theresa May was unsurprisingly the target of many of the protests, with some coming up with some creative ways to show their anger

Prime Minister Theresa May was unsurprisingly the target of many of the protests, with some coming up with some creative ways to show their anger

Organisers of the march claim a million people joined in on the 'People's Vote' demonstration through the streets of London

Organisers of the march claim a million people joined in on the 'People's Vote' demonstration through the streets of London

Three protesters on the march wear blue and yellow-coloured clothing to show their support for the European Union in the face of Brexit

Three protesters on the march wear blue and yellow-coloured clothing to show their support for the European Union in the face of Brexit

A placard has an image of Jacob Rees Mogg, Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson made up as clowns on it and has surrounded them with EU flags

A placard has an image of Jacob Rees Mogg, Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson made up as clowns on it and has surrounded them with EU flags

Independent Group MPs Chuka Umunna and Anna Soubry have a selfie taken with actress Tracey Ullman as they join anti-Brexit campaigners taking part in the People's Vote March

Independent Group MPs Chuka Umunna and Anna Soubry have a selfie taken with actress Tracey Ullman as they join anti-Brexit campaigners taking part in the People's Vote March

Anti-Brexit placards are placed outside the entrance to the Cabinet Office on Whitehall during march. The march was organised to go from Park Lane to Parliament Square

Anti-Brexit placards are placed outside the entrance to the Cabinet Office on Whitehall during march. The march was organised to go from Park Lane to Parliament Square

As well as campaigning against Brexit, this protester took the time out to express his dissatisfaction with the leaders of both of the UK's main parties

As well as campaigning against Brexit, this protester took the time out to express his dissatisfaction with the leaders of both of the UK's main parties

Former Conservative, now Independent, MP Anna Soubry urged her parliamentary colleagues to 'put your country first, get into the lobbies and vote for a People's vote'.

Also addressing the crowds, Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, called for Article 50 to be withdrawn.  

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