The clock on Britain’s divorce from the E.U. — the countdown till the implementation of Article 50, regulating union departures — has already started ticking wildly. Almost disrespectfully, foreign ministers from all over the continent have warned the “plague spreader” to leave quickly before infecting the rest of the E.U., in a sudden move tempered only by Angela Merkel’s invitation to avoid rushed tones and harsh or punishing attitudes in regard to this not-quite-consensual separation.
In spite of this, Lord Jonathan Hill, the European British Commissioner, the highest representative at the E.U., although highlighting his own regret for the decision taken by the British people, has resigned from the Juncker commission, saying: “What’s done, is done.”
That’s not what nearly 4 million Britons are saying, however, in a petition asking for a second referendum, which on Friday crashed the government’s website. The petition textually says: “We the undersigned call upon HM Government to implement a rule that if the remain or leave vote is less than 60 percent based a turnout less than 75 percent there should be another referendum.” The minimum threshold of signatures for a campaign to be taken into consideration by the parliament is 100,000.