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The petition for a second EU referendum just passed 1,000,000 signatures

The petition calling for the UK to hold a second referendum on EU membership has passed more than 1,000,000 signatures, as the frustration of Remain supporters at the result of Thursday's vote grows.

After storming past the 100,000 threshold yesterday the petition must now be considered for a vote in parliament. Interest in the petition was so great at one point yesterday it actually crashed the government's website.

The petition, launched by William Oliver Healy, calls for the government to rerun the election under new rules which would raise the bar required for the UK to take such a momentous decision.

We the undersigned call upon HM Government to implement a rule that if the Remain or Leave vote is less than 60 per cent based on a turnout less than 75 per cent there should be another referendum.

- Petition on "EU referendum rules triggering a second EU referendum"

The call, which was launched on 25 May, gained huge traction throughout yesterday. It has now become the most signed petition ever under the current system, overshadowing other popular petitions including a call on the government to consider a vote of no confidence in health secretary Jeremy Hunt, which has 336,000 signatories.

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It is highly unlikely - and would create massive turmoil - if government did renege on the idea of quitting the European Union based on a slim margin in Thursday's ballot.

Moreover, with the margin of victory so close, the petition is unclear whether the referendum would have to be continually re-run until either side passed the 60 per cent barrier.

Yesterday, Sir Paul Jenkins, a former cheif legal official to the government and now a barrister at Matrix Chambers told City A.M. such a much, while politically possible, was all but impossible from a practical point of view.

"You can't just have a referendum plucked out of the air," he said.

Categories: City of London

Who's going to be Britain's next PM and how will he/she be chosen?

David Cameron's resignation after Britain voted to leave the EU has sparked speculation about the country's next Prime Minister.

Former London mayor Boris Johnson is the bookies' favourite for being Cameron's successor. In the past the Leave champion has vehemently denied ambitions to become Prime Minister saying the likelihood of him leading the country is “about as good as the chances of finding Elvis [Presley] on Mars or my being reincarnated as an olive”.

Here's who could be Britain's next Prime Minister, according to Paddy Power:

Boris Johnson 4/6

George Osborne 25/1

Theresa May 9/4

Michael Gove 11/2

Stephen Crabb 20/1

Read more: Cameron's resignation: Politicos, analysts and business lobby react

Here's how Britain's next Prime Minister will be chosen:

Britain will get a new Prime Minister in October when Cameron steps down from his role.

To choose the next leader, two sitting Tory MPs will need to nominate candidates in a submission to Graham Brady, the chair of the 1922 committee which oversees any election of a new party leader or any Conservative party-led vote of confidence.

Should members choose one person, he/she wins and becomes Prime Minister. If three to four members are selected then MPs are required to narrow the choices down to two candidates. 

After two people are chosen, another ballot of Tory members will be conducted by post.

The winner will be announced after the deadline to cast votes is decided and votes are counted. 

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EU referendum: Jeremy Corbyn aides deny leader to resign

Merseyside BBC News Feed - 48 min 3 sec ago
Aides to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn deny he is on the verge of resignation over criticism of 'lacklustre' EU referendum campaign.
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EU referendum: Jeremy Corbyn aides deny leader to resign

BBC London News Feed - 48 min 3 sec ago
Aides to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn deny he is on the verge of resignation over criticism of 'lacklustre' EU referendum campaign.

London Pride march to pause for Orlando shooting victims

BBC London News Feed - 54 min 41 sec ago
Thousands of people marching in the Pride parade in London will stop for a minute to remember people shot dead in a nightclub in Orlando.

EU referendum: Founding members hold crisis talks on Brexit

The original six members of the European project have met in Berlin today for crisis talks on how to handle the UK's decision to leave the European Union.

The foreign ministers of Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg are to discuss how the EU should approach the mammoth negotiating task that is about the follow, while trying to keep the rest of the Europe together, before more formal meetings of the leaders take place next week.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Germany's foreign minister, said the EU must "neither be hysterical nor fall into paralysis" in a cool-headed response to Brexit. He also said European leaders have to meet "the expectations of [European] people" in its response to the looming exit of the first ever country from the EU.

Read more: How Europe's front pages reacted to Brexit

"I am confident that these countries can send a message that we won't let anyone take Europe from us," he added.

"We must not run headlong into hectic action, pretending we have all the answers. But we must also not fall into depression or inaction after the British decision."

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The French president Francois Hollande expressed his regret at the UK's decision to leave the EU, stressing the UK and France will continue to work closely on economic and defence matters, along with the pressing need to tackle the refugee crisis. His words came after the mayor of Calais called for "the jungle" to be moved to the UK following Thursday's vote.

Before the summit, Jean-Marc Ayrault, France's finance minister, echoed calls from the European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker to begin the exit procedure - and trigger Article 50 - as soon as possible. Once Article 50 is invoked, the clock will begin ticking on a two-year countdown to agree the terms of a formal departure.

Read more: Could there be another EU referendum?

However, it is up to the UK to formally begin that procedure, and David Cameron has said the decision on timing will be one for his successor.

Presenting a united front and keeping the remaining 27 members together is now thought to be the EU's top priority.

With elections scheduled in France and Germany next year, and anti-EU politicians such as Marine Le Pen jumping on the Brexit vote, the EU's two most important countries face challenging domestic pressures which will undoubtedly come to bear on exit negotiations.

Next week, David Cameron will travel to a meeting of all 28 EU leaders to update them on the UK's decision to leave and outline his idea of where the exit process should go from here. In a sign of things to come, Cameron will then be kicked out of the meeting while the remaining 27 discuss their own strategy for how to respond to the vote.

Categories: City of London

Saturday: Light Rain Shower, Maximum Temperature: 19°C (66°F) Minimum Temperature: 13°C (55°F)

Portsmouth BBC Weather - 1 hour 17 min ago
Maximum Temperature: 19°C (66°F), Minimum Temperature: 13°C (55°F), Wind Direction: West South Westerly, Wind Speed: 13mph, Visibility: Good, Pressure: 1017mb, Humidity: 66%, UV Risk: 7, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 04:52 BST, Sunset: 21:22 BST
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Sunday: Light Cloud, Maximum Temperature: 18°C (64°F) Minimum Temperature: 15°C (59°F)

Portsmouth BBC Weather - 1 hour 17 min ago
Maximum Temperature: 18°C (64°F), Minimum Temperature: 15°C (59°F), Wind Direction: West South Westerly, Wind Speed: 15mph, Visibility: Very Good, Pressure: 1019mb, Humidity: 65%, UV Risk: 6, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 04:53 BST, Sunset: 21:22 BST
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Monday: Light Cloud, Maximum Temperature: 20°C (68°F) Minimum Temperature: 13°C (55°F)

Portsmouth BBC Weather - 1 hour 17 min ago
Maximum Temperature: 20°C (68°F), Minimum Temperature: 13°C (55°F), Wind Direction: Westerly, Wind Speed: 13mph, Visibility: Very Good, Pressure: 1019mb, Humidity: 61%, UV Risk: 6, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 04:53 BST, Sunset: 21:22 BST
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Teenager chased by group and stabbed in Langley

BBC Berkshire - 1 hour 17 min ago
A 16-year-old boy is in a serious condition after being stabbed in Langley.
Categories: Berkshire

Armed Forces Day: Events take place across UK

BBC Humberside - 1 hour 50 min ago
Tributes are to be paid to military service personnel when hundreds of events are held across the UK to mark Armed Forces Day.
Categories: Humberside

EU referendum: Brexit front pages from around the world

Today is the first chance newspapers from around the world had to respond to Thursday's historic vote to Leave the European Union.

It's fair to say they've been as split after the result as they were before the vote even took place, ranging from the outright celebratory to fears that the end of the world is night.

Overseas, the reaction has been a mix of bewilderment, regret and confusion.

The Sun

https://twitter.com/SkyNews/status/746443416389705728

The Sun, which urged voters to "BeLEAVE in Britain" just days before the vote, left the champagne-popping for the inside pages, leading on an exclusive covering the reasons why David Cameron decided to quit.

The Daily Mail

https://twitter.com/SkyNews/status/746440886926606336

The Mail congratulated the UK for choosing the "right" decision and said it was a victory for ordinary people.

The Mirror

https://twitter.com/yokelbear/status/746432666250027008

Speaking for people on probably both sides of the campaign, The Mirror focuses on a teary Samantha Cameron who may well also be wondering where the UK goes from here

The Guardian

https://twitter.com/GINER/status/746570183855202304

The Guardian, which backed staying in the EU but is no fan of Cameron, it's fair to say, went on yesterday's top development - the prime minister's resignation - on a day when any of a dozen stories would have made top billing on any other day of the week.

Financial Times

https://twitter.com/FT/status/746418298015854593

The Financial Times also supported remaining in the EU. The expression of a shocked David Cameron on its front page was probably mirrored across news rooms, trading floors and living rooms across the country.

Daily Express

https://twitter.com/cfmcfc/status/746442617878159360

Not yet we're not, with years of negotiations on the horizon. The Daily Express front page celebrates what it calls the "world's most successful newspaper crusade".

The Telegraph

https://twitter.com/SkyNews/status/746444605525266433

The Telegraph also leads on one of the most poignant pictures of yesterday, as a silent Samantha Cameron watched her husband announce his resignation.

The New Yorker

https://twitter.com/MatthewHudson6/status/746606742147051520

In a special Brexit edition, The New Yorker combines the cliffs of Dover and English toff to demonstrate just what it thinks of the UK's decision to go it along.

What's that in the top right corner? That's right, the magazine will land on 4 July, US independence day.

Liberation

https://twitter.com/WestminsterHUB/status/746431407203950592

France wishes the UK bon chance outside the EU. 

Bild

https://twitter.com/tanit/status/746450480243609600

German tabloid Bild, which previously offered to recognise the 1966 World Cup Final goal and reserve spots on the beach for Brits if the UK voted to stay, has a different kind of invitation this morning.

Der Spiegel

https://twitter.com/mathieuvonrohr/status/746373248137428992

Sticking in Germany, Der Spiegel asks what the UK withdrawal will mean for the rest of the continent.

Le Monde

https://twitter.com/LeonBertoletti/status/746267070732636160

France's top paper Le Monde plays the straight bat: "The UK leaves Europe", it told readers today.

Wall Street Journal

https://twitter.com/WSJ/status/746561087689076736

The WSJ leads on the market fallout from Brexit, after US stock markets suffered one of their worst days since the financial crisis in response to the vote and the chances of a rate rise from the Federal Reserve slipped back.

Categories: City of London

Saturday: Light Rain Shower, Maximum Temperature: 19°C (66°F) Minimum Temperature: 13°C (55°F)

Portsmouth BBC Weather - 2 hours 24 min ago
Maximum Temperature: 19°C (66°F), Minimum Temperature: 13°C (55°F), Wind Direction: West South Westerly, Wind Speed: 13mph, Visibility: Good, Pressure: 1018mb, Humidity: 68%, UV Risk: 7, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 04:52 BST, Sunset: 21:22 BST
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EU referendum: Everything you need to know the morning after Brexit

It has been 24 hours since we received confirmation that the UK had voted to leave the European Union and Westminster, the country, Europe and the world are still in shock.

Whatever side of the debate you were on, the result was a surprise. Seconds after polls closed on Thursday evening Nigel Farage all but conceded, suggesting the Remain lead was insurmountable. Hours later he was telling reporters he was gearing up for an almighty day of celebration.

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So, it's the morning after, the dust hasn't quite settled just yet, but here's the headlines the morning after:

Conservatives

Labour

  • Jeremy Corbyn is facing his own crisis at the top of the Labour party, with a motion of no confidence set to be debated at Monday's meeting of the party's MPs.
  • The Labour leader will deliver a defiant response to that development in a speech in London this morning outlining where the party goes from here.
  • Leave campaigner and prominent Labour MP Frank Field called on Corbyn to step aside, but said there was no clear alternative, with both the left and right of the party susceptible to "clap-trap" ideology on areas like defence.
Europe

  • European's top figures, led by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker have called on the UK to begin the process of exiting the EU straight away. He wants Cameron - not his successor - to trigger Article 50, which sets the clock ticking on the two-year timeframe for negotiating an exit.
  • Juncker also warned the UK and the EU break-up will not be an "amicable divorce", pointing out that it was hardly a happy marriage between the pair.
  • Jeroen Dijsselbloem, president of the group of Eurozone finance ministers, said Brexit will trigger the demise of the City of London and said financial hubs such as Amsterdam and Frankfurt could steal business from the UK.
  • According to German media the country is ready to offer the UK "associate" membership status of the EU, though giving the UK a swift and easy exit is seen by many as a problem since it could trigger a "domino effect" of referendums and exit votes across the continent
The economy

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Girl, five, found alone at Brighton station bus stop

BBC Sussex News Feed - 3 hours 4 min ago
A five-year-old girl has been found alone at a bus stop near Brighton railway station, prompting a police search for her mother.
Categories: Sussex

Girl, five, found alone at Brighton station bus stop

BBC London News Feed - 3 hours 4 min ago
A five-year-old girl has been found alone at a bus stop near Brighton railway station, prompting a police search for her mother.

Saturday: Light Rain Shower, Maximum Temperature: 19°C (66°F) Minimum Temperature: 13°C (55°F)

Portsmouth BBC Weather - 3 hours 21 min ago
Maximum Temperature: 19°C (66°F), Minimum Temperature: 13°C (55°F), Wind Direction: West South Westerly, Wind Speed: 13mph, Visibility: Good, Pressure: 1018mb, Humidity: 68%, UV Risk: 7, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 04:52 BST, Sunset: 21:22 BST
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Sunday: Light Rain Shower, Maximum Temperature: 18°C (64°F) Minimum Temperature: 15°C (59°F)

Portsmouth BBC Weather - 3 hours 21 min ago
Maximum Temperature: 18°C (64°F), Minimum Temperature: 15°C (59°F), Wind Direction: West South Westerly, Wind Speed: 16mph, Visibility: Good, Pressure: 1019mb, Humidity: 68%, UV Risk: 6, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 04:53 BST, Sunset: 21:22 BST
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Monday: Light Cloud, Maximum Temperature: 19°C (66°F) Minimum Temperature: 13°C (55°F)

Portsmouth BBC Weather - 3 hours 21 min ago
Maximum Temperature: 19°C (66°F), Minimum Temperature: 13°C (55°F), Wind Direction: Westerly, Wind Speed: 14mph, Visibility: Very Good, Pressure: 1019mb, Humidity: 64%, UV Risk: 5, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 04:53 BST, Sunset: 21:22 BST
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Saturday: Light Rain Shower, Maximum Temperature: 19°C (66°F) Minimum Temperature: 13°C (55°F)

Portsmouth BBC Weather - 5 hours 23 min ago
Maximum Temperature: 19°C (66°F), Minimum Temperature: 13°C (55°F), Wind Direction: West South Westerly, Wind Speed: 13mph, Visibility: Very Good, Pressure: 1018mb, Humidity: 66%, UV Risk: 7, Pollution: Low, Sunrise: 04:52 BST, Sunset: 21:22 BST
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