Brexit has got the world talking — Britain’s vote to leave the European Union has shaken up the entire country; however, as the story unfolds the looming question is whether or not British voters actually knew what they were voting for.
Following the results of the Brexit referendum, multiple reports surfaced that Google Trends data revealed many people had no idea what the EU was when they voted to leave it.
The top question entered into the world’s most popular search engine was “What does it mean to leave the EU?,” according to The Huffington Post.
Of course, most would assume that would be a question to ask before voting on one of the country’s biggest economic decisions.
The second most asked question was “What is the EU?” followed by several more riveting inquiries such as:
3) “Which countries are in the EU?”
4) “What will happen now we’ve left the EU?”
5) “How many countries are in the EU?”
While these queries may sound comical and silly, it’s actually quite disturbing that people voted blindly — not at all realizing what it actually means for their country’s economic future.
These confused voters made a decision that sunk the pound sterling and the global stock markets within 24 hours and hurled Britain into sheer chaos.
It's very troubling that only after the “stuff hit the fan,” so to speak, voters decided to conduct basic research on the matter.
It becomes even more apparent that voters didn't fully understand what they were doing upon reviewing a graphic released by the Financial Times that shows the regions with the largest amount of votes to leave the union are also the areas most economically dependent on it.
Haven't they ever heard of the phrase, "Don't bite the hand that feeds you?"
Although the referendum vote isn’t legally binding, the country will more than likely leave the Union in the near future, according to Mashable, and they're already witnessing the consequences of doing so.
Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron is so disappointed by this decision that he is resigning.
Cameron urged Britons to vote to stay in the union, and they ignored his pleas.
“I do not think it would be right for me to try to be the captain that steers our country to its next destination,” Cameron told reporters on Friday.
You definitely know you’re on a sinking ship when the captain throws in the towel.
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