UK petition gets 100K signatures، calling for Brexit with no deal
Sunday 17/December/2017 - 12:38 PM
British lawmakers have been compelled to discuss exiting the EU without a deal after more than 100،000 people signed an online petition on the parliament website demanding immediate UK pullout without any deals with Brussels، according to "Press TV". The petition was submitted by Midlands voter Jack Taylor in September، calling on the conservative government to unilaterally declare that it is leaving immediately without having to negotiate on the payment to EU of an estimated divorce bill of nearly $52 billion، Daily Express reported Saturday، underlining that signatures have now surged past 100،000، which obligates the parliament to consider it for debate.
The campaign، advocated by the right-wing UKIP Party، further urges Prime Minister Theresa May to “give up on the entire Article 50 process instead of subjecting herself to more humiliation by Brussels chiefs،” the report added.
The petition states، "The Government should walk away from the Article 50 negotiations and leave the EU immediately with no deal،” accusing the EU of a scheme to “offer us a punishment deal out of spite.”
It further asks، "Why wait another 18 months when we could leave right away and fully take back control of our country، law-making powers and borders?”
Censuring politicians opposing the Brexit، the petition noted، “Meanwhile pro-EU MPs in Labour، the Lib Dems and the SNP، along with unelected Lords، are attempting to block Brexit، the longer we remain a member the more opportunity they have to interfere.”
The petition will remain open for signatures until next March، when negotiations with the EU are expected to resume again.
“The EU looks set to offer us a punishment deal out of spite، insisting we pay tens of billions of pounds as part of a ‘settlement fee’ and continue to accept the jurisdiction of EU courts even after we’ve left،” Taylor said.
Responding to the petition، Britain’s Department for Exiting the EU said: “The government has already introduced legislation to ensure the UK exits the EU with certainty، continuity and control. A smooth and orderly exit is in the national interest and further legislation will be introduced to deliver that.”
It added: “The country voted to leave the EU، and the government is clear that there must be no attempts to remain inside the EU، no attempts to rejoin it through the back door، and no second referendum."
According to the statement، “The prime minister has been clear that the days of Britain making vast contributions to the European Union every year will end.
“In leaving the EU، the government will seek the best deal for the UK maximizing the benefits from leaving the EU – control over our borders، laws and money – while maintaining the greatest possible access to EU markets and continuing to work with our European neighbors on common problems،” it further underlined.