A petition calling for the UK to revoke Article 50, reversing a policy to leave the European Union, has crashed the UK parliament’s petitions website after more than half a million people rushed to sign.
House of Commons officials blamed the disruption on a ‘large and sustained load on the system’ as people flocked to register their opposition, with the site now offline while technicians carry out ‘maintenance’.
Attempts to access the petition at the time of writing deliver nothing more than a ‘502 Bad Gateway’ message.
The rate of signing is the highest the site has ever had to deal with and we have had to make some changes to ensure the site remains stable and open for signatures and new petitions. Thanks for bearing with us.— Petitions Committee (@HoCpetitions) March 21, 2019
Speaking to the BBC petition author Margaret Anne Georgiadou, said: "I became like every other remainer - very frustrated that we've been silenced and ignored for so long.
"So I think now it's almost like a dam bursting, because we've been held back in a sense - it's almost like last chance salon now."
The symbolic disarray mirrors that in Westminster as politicians enter the endgame in efforts to reach a negotiated settlement with the continent, ahead of Britain’s formal exit from the club on 29 March.
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