Despite the success of the petition, not all is as it seems. First off, a campaigner for the English Democrats party, Oliver Healey stated on Facebook that he created the petition over a month ago, when "it was looking unlikely that 'leave' were going to win". He then added that the petition had now been "hijacked" by pro-EU backers; with the English Democrats party issuing its own statement on this.
The House of Commons confirmed with CNBC that the petition was created on May 24, 2016, however couldn't confirm the reports about the petition's origins.
Furthermore, the House of Commons' petitions committee has released a statement saying that it is investigating the petition for any fraudulent signatures, of which over 77,000 have now been removed. The petition is to be considered on June 28 by the committee, as to whether it will schedule a debate on the petition.
"The chance of no-Brexit is low but not zero. The referendum result just gives the prime minister a mandate. Whether or not parliament goes against it really depends on how much momentum the anti-Brexit campaign gains and if any prominent Brexit campaigners publicly defect," analysts at Berenberg said in a note received Monday.