And some Remainers have even shared their own postcodes to Twitter in a bid to encourage people from around the world to add their names. One Brexiteer revealed, as an experiment, he had even used the Queen’s official residence in order to do so. The ‘Revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU’ petition, launched on Wednesday night, regularly crashed the parliamentary website yesterday as thousands of signatures were added every minute.
As of 10am this morning, the petition was up to 2.75million, with the likelihood of it hitting the three million mark by the end of the day.
However, on closer inspection, about 1.26million were from the UK.
Arch-Brexiteer and former UKIP leader Nigel Farage called for an enquiry because signatures from North Korea, Afghanistan and Papua New Guinea have found their way onto the campaign, alongside mega-rich celebs including Hugh Grant and Annie Lennox.
His scepticism was shared by Tories including Walsall North’s Eddie Hughes, who tweeted: “Does it still count if some of them are from Russia or China?”
Shrewsbury and Atcham MP Daniel Kawczynski said: “Petitions are important indicators but trumped by actual elections and referenda.
“The last general election saw huge majority for parties promising to implement Brexit.”
All signatories are required to tick a box confirming they are a British citizen or UK resident and must provide a name, email address, country and postcode.
However, the rest were signatories from around the world, including at least 10,500 from France, about 5,000 from Germany and almost 4,000 from the United States, recorded this morning.
There were also 28 names from Russia, 71 from China, five from the Vatican, three from Cuba, and one apiece from North Korea and Mongolia.
Some of the names will be undoubtedly be genuine, as any UK resident or British citizen is entitled to sign e-petitions, and they may be abroad.
But a search of Twitter indicated some Remainers were enthusiastically touting their details on line and encouraging people to use them as a way of getting round the Parliamentary rules.
One provided his postcode, adding: “EVERYONE COME OUT AND SIGN THE PETITION TO REVERSE BREXIT! Please share around. Every signature counts.”
Meanwhile, a Brexiteer tweeted: “Just putting this out there.
“I voted twice for the revoke article 50 petition. Trouble is I used 2 of my many email addresses.
And I gave SW1A 1AA as my postcode, UNFORTUNATELY I DON’T LIVE IN BUCKINGHAM PALACE. Yet my votes were allowed.”
Further analysis of the data suggested 2,816 people in Theresa May’s constituency had signed, 2,281 in Jacob Rees-Mogg’s constituency, and 6,798 in that of Jeremy Corbyn, despite his apparent reluctance.
A House of Commons spokesman said: “The Government Digital Service investigates signature patterns to check for fraudulent activity on petitions. Any signatures which match more than one of the criteria indicating fraud are removed.
“GDS use a number of techniques, including automated and manual, to identify, block or remove signatures that are clearly bots. We are unable to comment further on our security checks. Anyone who is a UK resident or a British citizen can sign a petition. This includes British citizens living overseas.”