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    Protesters in London are calling on the government to invoke Article 50, initiating Britain’s exit from the European Union.

    'Invoke Article 50 or Else!' Brexit Campaigners Call for Britain to Leave EU

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    "Invoke Article 50" campaigners and pro-EU protestors come head to head as Parliament debates whether the country should have a second referendum and the Prime Minister backtracks on promises made by the 'Vote Leave' camp.

    "What do we want? Brexit! When do we want it? Now!" the crowd shouted outside Westminster on Monday, September 5.

    As UK Parliament restarts after the summer break, Britain is greeted once again with calls for the country to stand firm on the decision to break with the an "anti-democratic" EU.

    This was one of the reasons for the "Invoke Article 50" crowd who had gathered outside Parliament to protest and make a stand to ensure the government do not back down on the vote to leave the EU.

    ​Theresa May had already said today that she will not be implementing the controversial immigration points-based system, a promise made by the Brexit camp ahead of the vote. 

    So it seems there are fears in the Vote Leave team that Britain will not stick to its word.

    At the same time, across the road in Westminster Hall, MPs were debating a petition, which received 4.1 million signatures and called on the government to hold a second referendum on Britain's EU membership.

    As the turnout on June 23 was below 75 percent and fewer than 60 percent of the vote backed Brexit, millions of people have called for it to be discussed in parliament.

    ​One pro-EU campaigner told Sputnik that staying in the EU was the best thing for the UK and called the "Invoke Article 50" crowd a "bunch of racists."

    "Living standards are better now that we are part of the EU. I voted to be part of the EU all those years ago. So of course I want to remain in the EU now," the pro-EU campaigner told Sputnik.

    The House of Commons' Petitions Committee announced an investigation and later denied its site had been hacked after confirming tens of thousands of signatures were "fraudulently" added.

    However, whether anything will change as a result of the parliamentary debate remains to be seen.

    ​"As the Prime Minister made clear in his statement to the House of Commons on 27 June, the referendum was one of the biggest democratic exercises in British history with over 33 million people having their say. The Prime Minister and Government have been clear that this was a once in a generation vote and, as the Prime Minister has said, the decision must be respected. We must now prepare for the process to exit the EU and the Government is committed to ensuring the best possible outcome for the British people in the negotiations," a statement on the parliamentary website read.

    Andy Burnham MP said in a parliamentary debate Monday, that the government is confusing the country and Brexit is not understood. He said that people are getting non-answers on Brexit and that is simply because the government asked civil servants not to prepare for Brexit.

    "What does Brexit mean for the UK?" Mr. Burnham said in the commons debate. 

    ​In addition to this, MPs questioned the Home Secretary on the triggering of Article 50 and said that many EU nationals had been kept awake at night since the referendum as they had been unsure if they would be asked to leave by the government. 

    However, the "Invoke Article 50" camp or are concerned that the Prime Minister will go back on the country's decision. One Brexit protester said that the country must follow the democratic decision of the people.

    "We voted to leave and that decision remains, it has not changed. We must stick with what the majority of people wanted and that's final," they told Sputnik.

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