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A taxi driver holds a Union flag as he celebrates the Leave vote
The British Government has rejected an online petition signed by 4.1 million people calling for a new referendum on whether to leave the European Union.
Britons voted by 52 to 48 per cent — or 17.4 million votes to 16.1 million — to leave the EU in a June 23 referendum, a result most politicians have said should be respected but which some who voted "remain" are struggling to accept.
The petition called for the Government to enact a rule that there should be another referendum if the vote for "remain" or "leave" was less than 60 per cent based on a turnout of less than 75 per cent.
The Foreign Office, the ministry that had steered through parliament the EU Referendum Act setting out the rules, responded that the legislation did not set a threshold for the result or for minimum turnout.
"The Prime Minister and Government have been clear that this was a once-in-a-generation vote and, as the Prime Minister has said, the decision must be respected," it said.
"We must now prepare for the process to exit the EU and the Government is committed to ensuring the best possible outcome for the British people in the negotiations."
'Brexit means Brexit': Theresa May
Both candidates to replace David Cameron as leader of the ruling Conservative Party and prime ministerhave said the result of the referendum should not be questioned and Brexit should be delivered.
"Brexit means Brexit," frontrunner Theresa May, the interior minister, said in a speech announcing her bid.
Ms May had advocated staying in the bloc, but was not a leading figure in the "remain" campaign.
Her rival, junior energy minister Andrea Leadsom, was one of the most passionate advocates of Brexit ahead of the referendum and has said that Britain would flourish outside the EU.
Despite such assurances, some who voted "remain" have continued to hope that there could be a way for Britain to stay in the EU despite the referendum result, and there has been international speculation that Brexit may not materialise.
Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn, the embattled chief of Britain's main opposition Labour Party, is also set to face a leadership challenge after Angela Eagle announced on Saturday that she would stand against him.
Ms Eagle, 55, announced her leadership bid following the collapse on Saturday of peace talks aimed at resolving the crisis surrounding Mr Corbyn's running of the left-of-centre party.
"On Monday morning I will announce my candidature for leader of the Labour Party," she said.
-来自 ABC NEWS
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