Referendum

Several of the papers report the growing calls for a second referendum.

The Independent says:

More than two and a half million people have signed a petition demanding a second EU referendum after an MP called for Parliament to refuse to ratify Brexit.

Signatories are calling for a new rule to be implemented stipulating that polls on the European Union with a majority under 60 per cent and turnout under 75 per cent must be re-started.

The Mail reports:

Nigel Farage has slammed protesters and an MP demanding a second EU referendum, saying ‘it’s not the best of three’.

His comments comer as thousands flooded the streets of London to demonstrate against Thursday’s Brexit result, and more than 2.5million people signed a petition asking for another vote.

Labour MP David Lammy said today that politicians should vote to overturn the ‘non-binding’ decision in Parliament for the sake of the economy.

But Ukip leader Farage, who hailed the result as ‘a new dawn’ for Britain on Thursday morning, said another vote was ‘the last think I want to see’, reports The Sunday Mirror.

He previously credited votes in Labour heartlands for the Brexit result, and again today claimed that Lammy’s demands that MPs ‘ignore the referendum result’ would drive more of their voters to Ukip.

The Times says:

The parliamentary website crashed briefly after a petition calling for a second referendum on EU membership had gained more than 2.2m signatures by yesterday evening.

At one point signatures were being added at a rate of 3,000 a minute.

The petition, which was shared online by several celebrities, including James Corden and Derren Brown , calls on the government to implement a rule that there should be another referendum if the “remain” or “leave” vote is less than 60% on a turnout of less than 75%.

BBC News says:

More than 2.5 million people have signed a petition calling for a second EU referendum, after the vote to leave.

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.

But the Mirror reports the opposite.

Most people do NOT want a second Brexit referendum despite more than two million people signing a petition calling for one, a Sunday Mirror and Sunday People survey has revealed.

Half of all Brits said they believe the result of Thursdays EU referendum should stay and the UK should leave.

In a poll of 1,069 British adults aged 18 and over taken yesterday, just 39% said they felt a second referendum should be held.

The news comes as more than 2.5 MILLION people signed a petition calling for a second referendum to be held on the issue.

The petition, which is due to be debated in Parliament, calls for the Government to implement a rule whereby if the remain or leave vote is less than 60% based on a turnout less than 75% there should be another referendum.

Tory Party

The Times is one of the media that covers the infighting for the leadership following David Cameron’s announcement of his resignation.

Michael Gove has endorsed Boris Johnson’s bid to be prime minister, setting up a “dream team” bid to replace David Cameron.

The justice secretary called the former London mayor yesterday morning and told him he would back him for the Tory leadership, saying the two should join forces for the good of the country.

Theresa May’s closest aides were last night calling MPs to line up support for the home secretary. May, who is regarded as Johnson’s main rival with a national profile, is expected to enter the contest by the end of the week.

The Mail also covers the story.

Leading Tories are fighting to become the ‘stop Boris’ candidate in the race to succeed David Cameron as Prime Minister.

Boris Johnson’s chief leadership rival is Theresa May, but Jeremy Hunt, Nicky Morgan, Stephen Crabb and Andrea Leadsom – and possibly George Osborne – are all poised to launch challenges, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

Conservative MPs have been bombarded with calls from allies of would-be candidates seeking support since Mr Cameron announced he is to stand down following his shock defeat in the EU referendum – with Johnson strongly tipped to replace him after leading the Leave campaign to an against-all-odds victory.

The Tory leadership manoeuvrings came amid continuing turmoil over the Brexit referendum triumph. Last night:

Labour Party

The Times reports that the shadow foreign secretary has been sacked for plotting a coup against the leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Hilary Benn, the shadow foreign secretary, was dramatically sacked this morning after being accused of orchestrating a plot to overthow his party leader. Jeremy Corbyn telephoned the Leeds Central MP at midnight to tell him he was kicking him out of his top team.

Benn had been consulting colleagues about approaching Corbyn to tell him that unless the Labour leader resigned this week, they would quit. The coup attempt came amid mounting anger over Corbyn’s failure to campaign harder against Brexit.

A shadow cabinet source claimed: “Corbyn will be out by the end of the week.”

The Mail has a similar story.

Jeremy Corbyn has sacked Hilary Benn from his Shadow Cabinet amid reports he was leading a coup against him.

The Shadow Foreign Secretary was said to have asked his colleagues to resign en masse if Mr Corbyn stayed on as leader of the party following his ‘lacklustre’ performance for the Remain campaign in the EU referendum.

But Mr Corbyn has struck the first blow after stating yesterday he would face up to any challenge and would run again in a leadership contest.

A Labour Party spokesman confirmed Mr Benn had been removed from his role in the early hours of this morning after he took a call from his leader at 1am.

Liberal Democrats

The Independent reports that the LibDems plan to ignore the result of last week’s referendum.

The Liberal Democrats will stand at the next general election on a platform of derailing Brexit and keeping Britain in the European Union, the party has announced.

Leader Tim Farron said on Saturday night that he would be “clear and unequivocal” with voters that if elected it would set aside the referendum result and keep Britain in the EU.

He said the referendum result amounted to a “howl of anger” at politicians and that the election of a liberal government would be a way of registering a change of heart by the electorate

Though the next general election is scheduled for 2020 under the Fixed Term Parliament Act (FTPA), David Cameron’s resignation and major loopholes in the legislation mean it could come as early as the autumn or early next year.

The Guardian also has the story.

The Liberal Democrats will fight the next general election with a pledge to take Britain back into the EU, claiming the referendum result was secured on a campaign of lies.

Voters backed Brexit in a “howl of anger” at out-of-touch politicians, but must be given the chance to rethink the decision, according to the Lib Dem leader, Tim Farron.

The cheap slogans of Ukip’s Nigel Farage and Tories Boris Johnson and Michael Gove are unravelling, and the public will feel betrayed when promises on the NHS and immigration are not delivered, the party said.

Since the shock referendum result, the Lib Dems have recorded thousands of voters signing up to become members.

EU

The Mail asks: ‘Could it be Frexit next?’

Crisis meetings are being held by Francois Hollande after popular far-right leader Marine Le Pen called for a referendum on France’s EU membership.

France and the EU are now trying to keep the union together after Britain voted to leave on Friday.

Hollande’s administration has dismissed Le Pen’s call, but the National Front leader is more popular in opinion polls and hopes to replace the president in elections next year.

The French president convened a string of meetings today with his own Socialist Party, former President Nicolas Sarkozy’s conservative opposition party The Republicans, the far right National Front, the Greens and parties on the far left and centre.

France is a founding member of what is now the EU, but French voters rejected an EU constitution in 2005 that would have enshrined closer unity.

The Guardian reports that the EU is demanding we leave quickly.

Britain was heading into a period of unprecedented political, constitutional and economic crisis on Saturday night as European leaders stepped up demands for it to quit the EU as soon as possible.

However, prominent Leave campaigner and cabinet minister Theresa Villiers, writing in theObserver, dismissed the calls. “There is no need to plunge into tabling article 50 now, whatever [European commission president] Mr Juncker may want,” she writes, referring to the trigger for formal Brexit negotiations. “The period of informal negotiation prior to an article 50 process will be crucial and should not be rushed.”

The growing clamour from European capitals for the UK to act quickly to sever its ties, after Thursday’s dramatic 52% to 48% vote for Brexit, came as both the Tories and Labour faced divisive, destabilising and possibly prolonged leadership battles.

Sky News also reports the call.

The EU’s founding members have demanded the UK urgently invoke Article 50 and start the process of Brexit.

Foreign ministers from the six original members attended a hastily arranged meeting in Berlin – with the UK not invited.

Speaking to reporters afterwards, French minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said it was a “matter of respect” that the UK did not “play cat and mouse” with its soon-to-be-former partners.

David Cameron said yesterday he would leave it to his successor to invoke Article 50, which will start the two-year negotiation of our departure.

A replacement is not expected to be in Number 10 until October – but pressure is mounting on the continent for swifter action.

But Angela Merkel has called for calm, says ITV News.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has tempered calls for a “quick divorce” between Britain and the EU.

Foreign ministers from the original six EU states have called on the UK to begin the Brexit process “immediately” following the referendum vote to leave, by triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.

But Mrs Merkel said she would “not fight now for a short time frame”, while Matthew Ellis, chief executive of the Vote Leave campaign, said “it’s best for the dust to settle over the summer” and there is no “need to swiftly” invoke the clause.

And Breitbart claims an anti-referendum rally was poorly attended.

Given the furore about the EU referendum result from those who either didn’t vote, or couldn’t believe that the majority of the country felt different to them, you’d have thought there would have been a decent turnout at a pro-European Union membership protest in Parliament Square today.

Alas only around 50 people turned up (fewer than huddle around during a Farage pub stop) to demand an overturning of the result of the European Union referendum.

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