Petition for EU-wide Brexit referendum rejected

The European Commission is rejecting a petition demanding that all EU citizens be given a say on whether Britain can leave the bloc.
The petition’s organizers want the Commission to allow everyone in the 28 member states to vote on Brexit in an EU-wide referendum.
The Commission, the executive body that supervises EU laws, said Wednesday that it cannot register the demand because the bloc’s treaties permit countries to leave if they want.
Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis said: “This matter simply falls outside our field of competence.”
Citizens’ initiatives allow 1 million people from at least one quarter of EU member countries to request that the Commission take action where it has powers to do so.
The Commission says it regrets Britain’s departure but must respect the 2016 Brexit referendum.