48% of the electorate voted to Remain and, we are sure, many of those were expat voters: it is a disappointment for us all.
More than 3 million people have signed a petition calling for a second EU referendum, after the vote to leave. We invite you to sign the petition and inform your friends LINK TO PETITION
(Only British citizens or UK residents have the right to sign)
It has more signatures than any other on the parliamentary website and as it has passed 100,000, Parliament will consider it for a debate.
The UK voted to leave the EU by 52% to 48% in Thursday's referendum but the majority of voters in London, Scotland and Northern Ireland backed Remain.
David Cameron has previously said there will be no second referendum.
On Friday he said he would stand down as prime minister by October following the leave result.
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Reading and links
The European Movement has drawn together a set of factual analyses so that you can choose how deeply you wish to delve into the many complex issues surrounding the UK’s membership of the European Union. It has created a website EU4Real, the purpose of which is to tell the truth about the EU in a series of 1-minute reads which:
- explain how it works
- describe what membership means to the UK
- assess the risks if we leave
- look at possible alternatives
- refute some common myths
Link to site - EU4Real.org
Other Useful Links
The links below take you to websites that provide relevant news; `bust’ the most common myths spread by the Leavers (such as we send Brussels £12.9 billion annually/ £250 million weekly – but the true figure is £6.3 billion annually/£119 million weekly); 15 `Quick briefs’ that are a 3-minute read each; and the most authoritative academic/expert/think tank/legal analyses.
News: Sign up for the British Influence daily e-mail link
Excellent Guide to EU issues published by the European Movement: Link to Guide
This section provides comments on the most frequently-spread myths:
- InFacts link
- European Commission London office link
- Richard Corbett MEP link
- Catherine Bearder MEP link
Briefings on the EU
`Quick briefs’ provides 5-minute reads on 15 topics, while `UK in a Changing Europe’ gives a series of detailed academic commentaries – funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to provide the most academically authoritative studies and is based at Kings College. Centre for European Reform is the leading `think tank’ on EU issues. British Influence provides news and commentary. The Senior European Experts papers are written by former high-ranking British diplomats and civil servants, including several former UK ambassadors to the EU, and former officials of the institutions of the EU - the people who actually negotiated for the UK. Lawyers In for Britain is the collective opinion of about 300 leading lawyers on 25 issues of benefit, questions and alternatives.
- 15 `quick brief' papers on “Why the EU?” link
- UK in a Changing Europe link
- Centre for European Reform link
- British Influence: link
- `Senior European Expert’ papers link
- Lawyers IN for Britain link
We provide links to the home pages of two of the leading polling companies, as well as the leading academic pollsters who provide a `poll of polls’.