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Revoke Article 50 petition hits six million signatures

File photo dated 24/03/18 of demonstrators at a Brexit protest march in Edinburgh, as a petition calling on the Government to halt the Brexit process has passed six million signatures. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 31, 2019. The Revoke Article 50 petition, due to be debated by MPs on Monday, is the best-supported proposal in the history of the House of Commons and Government's e-petitions website. See PA story POLITICS Brexit Petition. Photo credit should read: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

A petition calling on the UK Government to halt the Brexit process has passed six million signatures.

The Revoke Article 50 petition, due to be debated by MPs today, is the best-supported proposal in the history of the House of Commons and Government's e-petitions website.

Rejecting the often-repeated claim that EU withdrawal is the "will of the people", it calls for the revocation of the Article 50 letter informing the European Council of the UK's intention to leave.

The signatories include 4,752 people from Gibraltar.

The Article 50 letter can be withdrawn by the UK unilaterally, without the need for EU agreement, leaving Britain free to continue as a member on its current terms.

The petition quickly passed the 100,000-signature threshold needed for it to be debated in Parliament, with the official committee revealing nearly 2,000 signatures were being completed every minute at one point.

A 2016 petition calling for a second EU referendum should the winning vote and turnout not reach a certain threshold had been the most signed petition, at almost 4.2 million.

The Revoke Article 50 petition also passed another proposal which sought to prevent Donald Trump from making a state visit to the UK, which had 1.9 million sign-ups.

MAIN PHOTO: Jane Barlow/PA Wire