A petition calling for an immediate general election following the economic fallout of the government’s mini-budget has passed 250,000 signatures, meaning it must be considered for debate in parliament.
This was confirmed in an update on the campaign’s page, which simply reads: “Parliament will consider this for a debate.”
At the time of writing, the petition has amassed 157,477 signatures.
The petition reads: “The chaos engulfing the UK government is unprecedented.
“Over 40 ministers resigned leaving departments without leadership during cost of living, energy and climate crises.
“War rages in Ukraine; the Northern Ireland Protocol has further damaged our relationship with Europe; recession looms; the UK itself may cease to exist as Scotland seeks independence.
“This is the greatest set of challenges we have seen in our lifetimes. Let the people decide who leads us through this turmoil.”
It adds: “Call an immediate general election so that the people can decide who should lead us through these unprecedented crises threatening the UK.”
According to UK rules, petitions that reach 10,000 signatures get a response from the government, while those with 100,000 signatures are considered for debate in Parliament.