What are the 10 most-signed petitions and what have they achieved?

The petition to stop Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK is already the second-most signed online campaign in the history of Parliament’s site.

The petition long since passed the 100,000 signatures needed to see Parliament consider the matter for debate – though Downing Street’s response to more than a million signatories has been to firmly reject the notion.

It begs the question: do the most popular petitions lead to action by the Government?

Here are the top 10 most-signed Parliament campaigns, including what people argued for and the action that followed:

  • EU Referendum rules triggering a 2nd EU Referendum.

The referendum petition that a Leave supporter claimed to have started was backed by millions of Remain voters.
The referendum petition that a Leave supporter claimed to have started was backed by millions of Remain voters.

What was the petition arguing?

“We the undersigned call upon HM Government to implement a rule that if the remain or leave vote is less than 60% based a turnout less than 75% there should be another referendum.”

Leave voter Oliver Healey claimed to have set up the petition before last year’s June referendum – fearing a narrow Remain victory – before it became a de facto protest petition by Remain supporters once the 52-48 majority vote for Brexit was confirmed.

How many people signed it?

4,150,260.

Did it result in action?

The topic was debated on 5 September 2016 before the Government confirmed it would not be pursuing a second referendum.

“The European Union Referendum Act received Royal Assent in December 2015, receiving overwhelming support from Parliament. The Act did not set a threshold for the result or for minimum turnout,” the Foreign Office said.

  • Prevent Donald Trump from making a State Visit to the United Kingdom (still active).

A petition set up in November gained huge support after Donald Trump ordered a travel ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries.
A petition set up in November gained huge support after Donald Trump ordered a travel ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries. Credit: PA

What is the petition arguing?

“Donald Trump should be allowed to enter the UK in his capacity as head of the US Government, but he should not be invited to make an official State Visit because it would cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen.”

How many people have signed it?

Currently more than 1,630,000.

 

 

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