U.K. Parliament Panel Defers Decision on Brexit Vote Petition

A decision on whether the U.K. Parliament should debate a petition calling for a second referendum on European Union membership has been deferred, the panel responsible said on Tuesday.

Government officials are still checking the almost 4 million signatures on the petition to eliminate fraudulent names after already removing 77,000, the House of Commons Petitions Committee said in an e-mail.

The panel also sought to damp expectations that any debate would lead to a change in government policy.

“The committee wishes to make clear that, although it may choose to schedule a debate on this petition in due course, it only has the power to schedule debates in Westminster Hall –- the second debating chamber of the House of Commons,” it said. “Debates in Westminster Hall do not have the power to change the law, and could not trigger a second referendum.”

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