Lord Andrew Adonis has revealed he intends to move for the revocation of Article 50. Speaking out on Twitter on Thursday 21 March, the Labour party member said that he hoped to make the move in the House of Lords on Monday 25 March.
His announcement follows a petition to remain in the EU surpassing 3million signatures.
However, the prime minister said she ‘will not countenance’ revoking Article 50.
Speaking in his tweet, Lord Adonis said: ‘I intend to move for the revocation of Article 50 in the House of Lords on Monday’.
So far, his tweet has been shared more than 5,700 times, and has had over 26,000 likes. Theresa May said during a press conference in Brussels when asked about the public petition: ‘I do not believe we should be revoking Article 50.’
By 8am it had reached nearly 2.5million signatures. A No.10 spokeswoman said the PM worried failing to deliver Brexit would cause ‘potentially irreparable damage to public trust’.
With the highest sign-up rate on record, more 2,000,000 people had pledged their support by the time she fielded questions from reporters in Brussels on Thursday 21 March.
Brexit means Brexit
Asked whether she thought the public’s view had shifted towards revoking Article 50, Mrs May said: ‘If you look back to what happened in the referendum, we saw the biggest democratic exercise in our history.
‘And there was a clear result that we should leave the European Union.
‘We said here’s the vote, what is your decision, and we will deliver on it. ‘And I believe it’s our duty as a Government and as a Parliament to deliver on that vote.’
The petition on the Parliament website quickly gained support in the wake of the Prime Minister’s speech on Wednesday night and Revoke Article 50 started to trend on Twitter. Data from the petitions website shows support for the petition concentrated in London and constituencies around Cambridge, Brighton, Bristol, Oxford and Edinburgh.
In the 2016 referendum, these six cities were also in favour of Remain. During her Downing Street statement, Mrs May controversially blamed MPs for failing to stick to the result of the 2016 vote and told the public: ‘I am on your side.’
On Thursday 21 March, EU leaders said Brexit could be delayed from 29 March to 22 May – but only on the condition that MPs vote for Mrs May’s deal next week.
If it is rejected in the third ‘meaningful vote’ then the UK would have until 12 April to tell the European Council a way forward.