E-petitions in the United Kingdom

UK citizens can create or sign an online petition asking for a change to the law or to government policy. After 10,000 signatures, petitions get a response from the government. After 100,000 signatures, petitions are considered for debate in Parliament. The e-petitions service was launched in 2011 and proved instantly popular with 2,860 active petitions being set up in the first six months. In 2015 a Petitions Committee was created, with the role of overseeing petitions submitted to Parliament. The committee can press government or other bodies for action on a petition and it maintains a website which tracks the status of all active petitions. Examples of recent petitions that were discussed in parliament include the possibility of a second referendum on Brexit, blocking Trump from UK entry and the abolishment of TV licence.