The Government have this evening rejected a petition calling for Article 50 to be revoked and Brexit to be stopped.
The petition which gathered more than 5.75 million signatures will be debated by MPs next week, after reaching the 100,000 threshold for consideration.
In an official response posted on the parliamentary petitions website, the Government said: ‘This Government will not revoke Article 50. The Article 50 letter can be withdrawn by the UK unilaterally, without the need for EU agreement, leaving Britain free to continue as a member on its current terms.
‘We will honour the outcome of the 2016 referendum and work to deliver an exit which benefits everyone, whether they voted to Leave or to Remain.
‘Revoking Article 50, and thereby remaining in the European Union, would undermine both our democracy and the trust that millions of voters have placed in Government.
‘The Government acknowledges the considerable number of people who have signed this petition. However, close to three-quarters of the electorate took part in the 2016 referendum, trusting that the result would be respected.
‘This Government wrote to every household prior to the referendum, promising that the outcome of the referendum would be implemented.
‘17.4 million people then voted to leave the European Union, providing the biggest democratic mandate for any course of action ever directed at UK Government.
‘British people cast their votes once again in the 2017 General Election, where over 80% of those who voted, voted for parties – including the opposition – who committed in their manifestos to upholding the result of the referendum.
‘This Government stands by this commitment.
‘Revoking Article 50 would break the promises made by Government to the British people, disrespect the clear instruction from a democratic vote, and in turn, reduce confidence in our democracy.
‘As the Prime Minister has said, failing to deliver Brexit would cause ‘potentially irreparable damage to public trust’, and it is imperative that people can trust their Government to respect their votes and deliver the best outcome for them.’