This petition was submitted during the 2015–2017 Conservative government
Petition If a petition gets 250,000 signatures, it should trigger a national referendum
Engagement with politics is continuing to decline. Direct democracy is part of the solution.
When an official petition receives around 250,000 signatures, it should result in an official, binding referendum.
In Switzerland, when around 0.6% of the population signs a petition, it triggers a referendum (https://www.ch.ch/en/referendum/). This system works well in a country of more than eight million people, and there is no reason why it wouldn't work well in the UK.
A committee or group should be set up to administer these petitions so they do not needlessly consume government time. Note that only a small number of petitions a year would receive the needed signatures.
This petition is closed This petition ran for 6 months