Radiohead’s Thom Yorke Thinks the U.K. Should Try That ‘Brexit’ Referendum Again

GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 24: Thom Yorke of Radiohead performs at the Park Stage at the Glastonbury Festival site at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 24, 2011 in Glastonbury, England. Music fans had to brave more rain today at the five-day festival which opened on Wednesday, June 22, 2011. This year's festival features headline acts U2, Coldplay and Beyonce. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid 1 GBP to watch Marc Bolan, has grown into Europe's largest music festival attracting more than 175,000 people over five days. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

On Friday, the United Kingdom surprised the world by voting to withdraw from the European Union, a move known as “Brexit” (for “British exit”). The unexpected result touched off a cascade of reactions in European politics and financial markets, and prompted some Brits to propose that the country find a way to reconsider. Among those who think the referendum vote could use a do-over: Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke.

Yorke shared an official citizen petition on Twitter, asking the British government to call another vote. “We the undersigned call upon HM Government to implement a rule that if the remain or leave vote is less than 60% based a turnout less than 75% there should be another referendum,” the petition reads. Friday’s pro-Brexit vote won with 52% support and 72% turnout.

Longtime Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich also tweeted his support for the petition, which currently has more than 1.7 million signatures. It’s unlikely to undo an already-decided referendum, but Britain’s Parliament does promise to debate petitions that garner more than 100,000 signatures.

Yorke is far from the only British musician dissatisfied with the outcome of the vote: Lily Allen, Noel Gallagher, and Ellie Goulding were among those who tweeted their reactions to yesterday’s result.


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