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This article was published on June 24, 2016


UK reassuringly asks Google ‘What is the EU?’ after voting to leave the EU

UK reassuringly asks Google ‘What is the EU?’ after voting to leave the EU
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The UK has voted to leave the EU by an extremely narrow margin, and the world is in turmoil.

However, in an extremely reassuring sign that everybody knew what they were doing when they voted, Google trends indicates a huge spike in searches for “What is the EU?” after polls had closed.

Other encouraging after-polls search trends include “What is Brexit?” and “What will happen if we leave the EU?”

Google Trends, via New York Magazine

Of course, these questions are partly people wanting clearer answers about the effects of leaving the EU. Nonetheless, they’re an indicator that a significant number of people didn’t really know what they were getting into when they voted.

Perhaps this tweet best sums up the mess of the mess of it all:

Guess it’s time for Britons to invest in gold.

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