Many UK voters didn’t understand Brexit, Google searches suggest

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In the wee hours of Friday morning, the people of the UK voted to leave the European Union with a majority of 52 percent—and according to Google, they don’t really know why. Two hours after the referendum polls closed, roughly midnight UK time, the Google Trends Twitter account reported a 250 percent increase in people searching “what happens if we leave the EU.” “Are we in or out of the EU?” spiked by 2,450 percent.

Other search terms that peaked following the result include “what happens to foreigners if we leave the EU,” “what happens if we stay in the EU,” and—perhaps most worryingly considering the gravity of the decision—”what is Brexit?”

Earlier in the evening, the top search in Sunderland (one of the first cities to declare its results) was “How do I vote in the EU referendum?”

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