by Tyler Durden
Fri, 03/22/2019 - 04:15
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If it was Theresa May's goal during the tedious Brexit negotiations has been to turn public sentiment against Brexit to soften them up for a second referendum, she has, apparently, succeeded.
Following her speech Wednesday night, where the prime minister effectively repeated much of her rhetoric from past speeches, once again offering MPs a choice between her supremely unpopular deal, a hard Brexit, or no Brexit at all, so many Britons rushed to sign a digital petition calling for Brexit to be cancelled that it crashed a government website.
Though the petition is unlikely to have any impact on the Commons deliberations (or lack thereof), it's only the latest sign that Britons are becoming increasingly frustrated with the Brexit chaos.
Though, to be fair, geographical data released by the government showed the bulk of the support coming from areas like Edinburgh and London that supported 'remain' during the 2016 referendum. It also showed that a not-insignificant number of signatories came from outside the UK.
Labour now supports a second referendum, though opposition still largely outweighs support in the Commons. But as panic about a hard Brexit at the end of the month intensifies, it's worth remembering that anything is possible - particularly if Theresa May resigns.