ALMOST 17,000 people in the three parliamentary constituencies covering Tyrone have signed the record-breaking petition calling for Brexit to be cancelled.
The petition, which has gained more than 5.8 million signatures so far, calls for the British government to revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU.
It is the most-signed petition ever to be submitted on the UK Parliament’s website.
Article 50 is a clause in the EU’s Lisbon Treaty that outlines the steps to be taken by a country seeking to leave the bloc voluntarily.
Although the government has said that it will not revoke Article 50 and intends to honour the result of the 2016 referendum, it has been confirmed that Parliament will debate the petition on next Monday (April 1).
Some 5,594 people in West Tyrone have already signed the petition, along with 5,126 people in Mid Ulster and a further 6,055 in Fermanagh South Tyrone.
Urging people across the North to sign and share the petition, SDLP Brexit spokesperson, Daniel McCrossan, said that, at present, people here were either being misrepresented in Westminster or not represented at all.
The West Tyrone MLA said, “There is no such thing as a good Brexit. There are only degrees of devastation caused by withdrawal from the EU.
“And we know that the fallout will be most acutely felt by communities in the North, a decision that people here did not consent to.
“As it stands, Northern Ireland is being misrepresented by the reckless view of the DUP who are putting the needs of businesses and communities second to their own selfish political gain.”
Mr McCrossan added, “Huge numbers of people have already had their say through a parliamentary petition, including significant majorities in DUP held seats across the North. I’m encouraging as many people from here as possible to sign up and demonstrate the strength and weight of opinion here.”