Britain's Parliament will debate whether the country should have a second referendum on European Union membership after more than 4.1 million people signed a petition calling for one. The Petitions Committee said the debate would be on 5 September as a "huge number" had signed it.
But the committee said the debate did not mean it was supporting the call for a second referendum and it was "too late" to change the referendum rules.
The petition, set up on 25 May before the referendum, states: "We the undersigned call upon HM Government to implement a rule that if the Remain or Leave vote is less than 60%, based [on] a turnout of less than 75%, there should be another referendum."
The House of Commons Petitions Committee said: "A debate in Westminster Hall does not have the power to change the law, and won't end with the House of Commons deciding whether or not to have a second referendum”
"It will be up to the government to decide whether it wants to start the process of agreeing a new law for a second referendum."
The online petition, set up by William Oliver Healey, gained more signatures than any other on the parliamentary website in the wake of the EU referendum result.