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Around one million signs UK petition for a second referendum

London, United Kingdom - More than a million people have signed a petition calling to rerun a second referendum, after "Leave" votes won. A petition on the parliament website has gathered more than one million signatures in less than 24 hours.

On Thursday 51.9% of votes were cast to leave the EU, versus 48.1% for the remaining part of the bloc. Many of those who sign the petition demanding a second referendum came from major cities.

"We the undersigned call upon HM Government to implement a rule that if the remain or leave vote is less than 60% based on a turnout leass than 75% there should be another referendum," says the petition.

The parliament's Petitions Committee, which considers whether such submissions should be raised in the House, is to hold its nest meeting on Tuesday.

On Friday, A House of Commons spokeswoman said the website had been taken out of action temporarily because of "exceptionally high volumes of simultaneous users on a single petition, significantly higher than on any previous occasion."

The government responds to all petitions that garner more than 10,000 signatures, according to the official website, which said there had so far not been a response.

The map of the petition signatures showed that most came from England's major cities, topped by London where there is a separate petition calling on Mayor Sadiq Khan to declare the capital independent from the United Kingdom and apply to join the EU.

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