Thom Yorke urges Twitter followers to call for second EU referendum

Radiohead frontman shared the petition this morning

Yesterday, the results of the EU referendum saw the UK vote to leave the European Union. The Leave campaign won with 52%, whilst votes to remain reached 48%.

A petition to call for a second EU referendum was launched yesterday, with Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke sharing the link this morning via his Twitter account.

The petition’s aim reads: 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. Yorke also took to Twitter to share an article, writing “this just in > old UK turkeys vote for Christmas and then get very confused …”

He recently signed an open letter urging American Congress to “Stop Gun Violence Now”, alongside the likes of Beck, Iggy Pop, Katy Perry, Britney Spears and Michael Stipe.

The letter states that music, which “has been celebrated communally, on dancefloors and at concert halls,” is now threatened due to gun violence. They ask Congress to address two matters to prevent gun violence: “Require a background check for every gun sale,” and “Block suspected terrorists from buying guns.”

He also recently claimed in a new interview that advisers of Tony Blair “tried to blackmail” him into meeting with the former British Prime Minister. Speaking in interview with Paris-based magazine Télérama, Yorke alleged that the incident took place when he was a spokesperson for climate change campaign The Big Ask in 2003. The musician was working on behalf of environmental organisation Friends of the Earth to lobby politicians on the issue of climate change.

“It got into this big fight,” Yorke explained. “[Blair’s advisers said,] ‘If you don’t agree to meet the Prime Minister, Friends of the Earth will be denied all access to him”. Yorke added: “Because of the Iraq war, I didn’t want to do it. I felt it was morally unacceptable for me to be photographed with Blair.”