Website crashes as call for second EU Referendum proves popular

A petition calling for a second EU referendum is proving so popular that the website has crashed.

The page, set up by William Oliver Healey, reads: "We the undersigned callupon HM Government to implement a rule that if the Remain or Leave vote is less than 60% based on a turnout less than 75%, there should be another referendum."

It has received more than 80,000 signatures, with nearly 10,000 in the last hour.

Several users took to Twitter to complain that they were having troubleaccessing the site.

A House of Commons spokeswoman said: "UK Parliament and the Government Digital Service are aware of the issue and are working on this to ensure the site is working well.

"The site was temporarily down for some users due to high volumes of users."

If a petition gets more than 10,000 signatures, the Government will respond.

At 100,000 signatures, this petition will be considered for debate in Parliament

Follow the petition's progress here.