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Brexit petition calling for Britain to quit EU gets enough support for Commons debate

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More than 132,000 people have backed the online petition on the official Parliament website urging the Prime Minister to abandon the Brexit negotiations and begin the withdrawal from the bloc.

MPs are now scheduled to debate the issue in Parliament’s Westminster Hall annexe on January 22.

Under parliamentary rules, MPs are expected to hold a debate on any issue raised by a petition that gets more than 100,000 supporters.

The “Leave the EU immediately” petition was added to the Parliament website in September and is set to remain open for more signatures until March.

It was submitted by Jack Taylor, a voter from the Midlands. He is understood to want the Prime Minister to give up on the departure process set up under Article 50 of the EU’s rulebook and to unilaterally declared that the UK has left the bloc.

His petition says: “The Government should walk away from the Article 50 negotiations and leave the EU immediately with no deal.

“The EU looks set to offer us a punishment deal out of spite.

“Why wait another 18 months when we could leave right away and fully take back control of our country, law-making powers and borders?”