THOUSANDS of people in North West Hampshire have signed a petition calling for the government to revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU.

The petition on the UK Government website titled ‘Revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU’, has passed the 5.8million mark.

In the North West Hampshire constituency, 8.6 per cent of constituents (9,232) have signed the petition, according to a map created by the UK Government and Parliament Petitions partner Unboxed.

Meanwhile, 8 per cent (8,192) of the Devizes constituency, covering Tidworth and Ludgershall, have put their name to the petition, with 9,986 signatures (10.01 per cent) coming from Romsey and Southampton North.

In Test Valley 36,170 voted to remain, while 39,091 voted to leave in the referendum on June 23, 2016.

Parliament's petitions committee has Tweeted that the rate of signatures on the petition was "the highest the site has ever had to deal with", after the website crashed.

The petition was launched in February and its author Margaret Anne Georgiadou wrote: “The government repeatedly claims exiting the EU is 'the will of the people'.

“We need to put a stop to this claim by proving the strength of public support now, for remaining in the EU.

"A People's Vote may not happen - so vote now.”

EU leaders in Brussels have reached an agreement on a plan to delay Brexit beyond March 29, next Friday.

The BBC has reported that Downing Street said the prime minister "has said many times she will not countenance revoking Article 50".

#RevokeArt50Now has been trending on Twitter and at one point the petitions committee said there were nearly 2,000 signatures per minute.

*Figures accurate as of 4.45pm on Wednesday, March 27.