Petition No 0820/2016 by T.C. (British) on Article 50 only being able to be invoked by a Member State following a binding referendum based on 100 % electoral participation

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Summary title: Petition No 0820/2016 by T.C. (British) on Article 50 only being able to be invoked by a Member State following a binding referendum based on 100 % electoral participation

Petition number: 0820/2016

Topics: Social Affairs,  Voting Rights and Elections,  Constitutional Affairs,  Regional Policy,  Brexit,  Fundamental Rights

Country: European Union,  United Kingdom

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Name: Tristan Coleshaw

 

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Petition Summary

This petition calls for the European Union to require the triggering of Article 50 by a representative of the Member State only to be permissible following a fully binding public referendum, in which 100% eligible voters have participated through the legal channels and voting processes made available to them in the Member State in which the referendum is being held. This requirement may only apply to referendums concerning EU membership, and would not apply to any other public referendum or election in any Member State. The petitioner comments that the non-binding public referendum on the United Kingdom's membership or withdrawal from the European Union has been celebrated by many on both sides as a triumph of democracy. The 52/48 result in favour of leaving the European Union marks the most significant political decision made by the public of the country for nearly half a century. However, with just 72% participation, the Brexit vote accounts for only 37% of eligible voters. The petitioner is asking whether this is the strongest democratic mandate for such an important decision that will affect the lives of UK citizens as well as the citizens of other Member States, for generations to come.