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Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke leads calls for second EU referendum

Yorke shared a petition for a second referendum already signed more than 1.3 million times 

Heather Saul
Saturday 25 June 2016 14:31 BST
Thom Yorke on the 4th day of the 2015 Latitude festival
Thom Yorke on the 4th day of the 2015 Latitude festival

Thom Yorke is backing calls for a second referendum on Britain’s place within the European Union after citizens voted for a Brexit in one of the most contentious votes in recent decades.

Anti-Brexit momentum is steadily growing and a petition calling for changes to voting regulations that would trigger a second vote has been signed more than one million times since Friday morning.

Yorke joined the chorus of voices demanding a second vote by sharing the petition and a blog post entitled “The EU Referendum: Turkeys have voted for Christmas”.

He posted the petition in a second tweet.

Parliament will now consider the petition for a debate. All parliamentary petitions are reviewed after garnering 100,000 votes or more.

The parliamentary petition is calling for the implementation of a rule that if a vote either way is less than 60 per cent in a referendum with a turnout of less than 70 per cent another referendum should be held. The EU referendum saw a turnout of 72 per cent. Fifty two per cent voted to leave.

David Cameron has said he will leave his successor to trigger Article 50 after he officially steps down in October. Once triggered, Britain will start a two-year path towards leaving the EU.

On Saturday, Nicola Sturgeon said the option of a second Scottish referendum will be on the table after Article 50 has been activated.

The Scottish First Minster said Scotland being pulled out of the EU against its will was “democratically unacceptable”. All 32 areas of Scotland voted to stay as a member of the EU.

Ms Sturgeon said the Scottish government would begin “immediate discussions” with EU institutions and other member states to “explore possible options to protect Scotland's place in the EU”.

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