15:17 GMT04 December 2020
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A petition to revoke Article 50 posted on the UK parliament's website collected over 2.7 million signatures as of Friday.

    The petition posted on Wednesday has already crashed the website due to the great number of signatures, but it got back online. According to the Petitions Committee, the rate of signing is the highest that the site has ever experienced.

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    Speaking about Brexit later in the day, European Council President Donald Tusk stated that everything was possible regarding the withdrawal in the time remaining until the new deadline of April 12, including reversal.

    "I am really happy about this development… It means that until April 12 anything is possible: a deal, a long extension if the United Kingdom decided to rethink its strategy, or revoking Article 50, which is a prerogative of the UK government. the fate of Brexit is in the hands of our British friends," Tusk told a press conference.

    A petition is considered by the Parliament for debate if it racks up more than 100, 000 signatures, and requires a government response if it has more than 10,000 signatures.

    The written appeal gained popularity amid general uncertainty over Brexit. After Thursday's European Council meeting, the EU leaders agreed to grant the United Kingdom a short Brexit extension until 22 May if the UK House of Commons was able to pass the deal and until 12 April if it did not. Both dates are tied to the European Parliament elections, which are scheduled for 23-26 May. If the United Kingdom holds them, it has to make the announcement by 12 April.

    Commenting on revoking Article 50, UK Prime Minister Theresa May said she did not believe the United Kingdom should do that.


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