More than three million people have signed a petition that calls on Theresa May to revoke Article 50 and keep the UK within the European Union and prevent a calamitous no-deal Brexit in 204 hours time.

The volume of Britons attempting to sign the petition, measured at over 50 signatories per second, has crashed the government’s petition website, with thousands more trying to have their voice heard on the government’s disastrous handling of the situation.

The petition reads:

“The government repeatedly claims exiting the EU is ‘the will of the people’. We need to put a stop to this claim by proving the strength of public support now, for remaining in the EU. A People’s Vote may not happen – so vote now.”

Despite her deal being defeated in parliament twice by overwhelming majorities, Theresa May has made clear she wants to bring her deal back for a third vote in the Commons, wasting precious time to find an agreement before the clock runs out. MPs voted by a huge majority to rule out a no-deal Brexit, but as it stands the UK will crash out in just such a scenario unless the government either revokes Article 50 or manages to convince EU leaders for an extension.

On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people from across the country are expected to take part in a People’s Vote March in London, calling on the government to put the divisive issue of Brexit back to the people for another vote. Millions of those that voted to both Leave and Remain in the 2016 referendum agree the government has let them down in negotiations and are pushing the country in the wrong direction. They argue a People’s Vote is the only option to resolve the impasse.

March organisers hope that a huge turnout on Saturday will convince MPs to support amendments that call for a People’s Vote and stop talk of a right-wing rebellion on the streets after only 68 people turned out for Nigel Farage’s Brexit Betrayal March earlier this week. Farage’s march had such a lacklustre turnout that no-one was reported to have finished a number of the proposed walks, and the website promoting the march has removed the routes to try and hide the poor records (Google cache of original routes).

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