More than 10,000 people in the constituency of Eurosceptic Conservative MP Crispin Blunt have signed the petition to revoke the UK’s Article 50 notification and remain in the European Union.
As of 8am on Monday (25 March) there were 10,923 signatures from the Reigate constituency, according to the Government website.
Those signing the petition have to give their postcode as well as go through an e-mail verification step.
The Reigate constituency has 104,506 “constituents”, the website says. (At the 2017 General Election 74,628 were eligible to vote).
Crispin Blunt, a member of the Conservatives’ European Research Group (ERG), repeated again last week his support for a no-deal Brexit, in preference to what he regards as the other option, the Withdrawal Agreement.
Naturally, others locally have agreed or disagreed with him.
A petition to leave the EU without a deal in March currently has 952 signatures from the Reigate constituency.
In the 2016 EU referendum, the borough of Reigate & Banstead voted by a small margin to leave the EU: 40,980 (50.5%) against 40,181 (49.5%).
(The borough covers all of the Reigate parliamentary constituency, but also includes parts of others in the north and south.)
The country voted Leave, 85% of MPs were elected on a manifesto to deliver this and #A50 was triggered with support of 494 MPs. We now face two options: #WA or #WTO. The large-scale preparations for WTO must surface and be evaluated without the BBC and others’ campaign fear. pic.twitter.com/1AdO6m7kIi
— Crispin Blunt MP (@CrispinBlunt) 21 March 2019
#UK2019 is a #remain nation, enjoying the best deal possible. Crashing out on #WTO terms leaves the UK financially exposed while discarding the enormous cultural and social benefits EU membership and FoM gives all our citizens; esp our young. #revokeart50 @peoplesvote_uk https://t.co/mS5t4GZZbq
— ReigateLibDems (@ReigateLibDems) 22 March 2019
25/3/19 – correction made to full name of ERG, pop. of constituency added. 26/3/19 – paragraphs reordered.