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Regrexit? Over 1 million sign petition demanding 2nd EU referendum after furiously Googling Brexit

Manimanjari Sengupta | Updated on: 25 June 2016, 18:18 IST

Less than 24 hours into Brexit, the very-well informed people of the United Kingdom decided it was a good time to just casually browse through the good old interwebs to try and figure out what all this noise about choosing to break away from the European Union was about.

All the campaigning, all the discussions about the repercussions Britain's exit would have on the economy (that literally has been going on for months) clearly fell on deaf ears, as 52% of the United Kingdom voted to dissociate from the European Union.

Except, nobody really had an inkling about what in the world it meant. Too late you guys, too late. You voted, you rejoiced, and the EU does not want you back.

It was after the polls closed, after the markets came crashing down and after the rest of the world lost their collective cool, that Britain decided it was a good time to rue over what they'd done.

Google trends from the United Kingdom on the night of Brexit were a clear indication of exactly how ill-informed the people of Great Britain were before they voted to script history.

To say that Britain was unfamiliar with the workings of the European Union would be an understatement. Trends suggest that not only were they unaware of the implications of their decision, but they did not even have an inkling about what the EU exactly is.

After "Brexit results", "What is the EU" topped the charts on Google Trends across all parts of the UK. "What is Brexit" was the top search related to the referendum in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Petition for a second EU referendum

Armed with all that information they've gathered from the internet AFTER the whole polling procedure was done and dusted, and Prime Minister David Cameron announced his exit, the people of Britain have now decided to launch a signature campaign to not take the EU referendum into account.

The petition, started by a certain William Oliver Healey, 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."

Basically, now that they are better informed, panic has struck, and a second EU referendum is in demand.

As of 6:30pm on 25 June (IST), the signature count has reached 1,345,308.

First published: 25 June 2016, 18:18 IST
 
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