Keeping the promise UK Prime Minister David Cameron made during last year’s general elections, a referendum was held to decide whether Britain should leave or remain in the European Union. The voting was closed last night, and early this morning it was announced that Leave won the referendum and Britain will exit the European Union. But a look at the reactions of people on social media reveals that it has been anything but an unanimous decision. Also Read - COVID-19 third wave: Twitter shuts offices as coronavirus cases rise
Since the referendum began, social media has been aggressively discussing the issue. These discussions also gave rise to a shorthand for Britain’s Exit, and #brexit has been the top trend across the social media platforms ever since. Also Read - Twitter Voice Tweets rolling out for iOS: What are they, how to send
With such a significant change that impacts the lives of so many people, #Brexit has severely influenced the Google Trends as well. Naturally this move is going to massively affect the trade, currency and economy of the nation, and the countries that are in deals with the UK. Consequently, following the verdict, there has been an over 500 percent spike in searches for “buy gold” in the past few hours. And the regional interest of this search is mostly concentrated England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Also Read - World Emoji Day 2021: Twitter reveals 10 most used emojis in 2021 in India
+500% spike in searches for “buy gold” in the past four hourshttps://t.co/pmMsRUcAwK
— GoogleTrends (@GoogleTrends) June 24, 2016
Another report by Google suggests that there has been over 250 percent spike in the search “What happens if we leave the EU”. Also, post the EU referendum, the Google Trends showed the highest ever search interest in the British Pound. Searches like, “What happens if the pound weakens” and “what is the EU referendum” was also among the top search. The number of searches for Pound and the impact on currency exchange was enough to crash XE.com.
— Jonny Hallam (@Jonny_Hallam) June 24, 2016
#Brexit was the top social media trend with many agreeing with the verdict, but there were a lot who expressed their disagreement as well. Post polling, Prime Minister David Cameron thanked the people of the country for voting in the referendum and for making UK ‘stronger, safer and better off in Europe’. Personalities like Piers Morgan, Elizabeth Hurley, too were visibly happy with the decision.
Thank you everyone who voted to keep Britain stronger, safer & better off in Europe – and thousands of @StrongerIn campaigners around the UK
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) June 23, 2016
And suddenly the birds are singing…..still glued to the TV though 🇬🇧 #Brexit
— Elizabeth Hurley (@ElizabethHurley) June 24, 2016
Went to bed hearing Farage claiming defeat, woke up to him claiming victory. As I predicted, nobody knew…. #EUreferendum
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) June 24, 2016
But there were those like J.K. Rowling and Lindsay Lohan who were disappointed with the decision. Others like Gary Linekar were philosophical at a time of change.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 24, 2016
— Lindsay Lohan (@lindsaylohan) June 24, 2016
While there were many who were clearly worried or disappointed by #Brexit, there were people like Shoojit Sircar and Jim Gaffigan who took the chance to take a little jab at the entire situation.
Divide and rule #Brexit
— Shoojit Sircar (@ShoojitSircar) June 24, 2016
I’m trying to find out how Winterfell voted on the Brexit.
— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) June 24, 2016
Meanwhile, away from all the economic and financial impact of the EU referendum, there are people who are analyzing how the change will impact sports, football in particular. A South African sports journalist, tweeted how Brexit could affect the English Premier League.
— Joe Crann (@YesWeCrann) June 24, 2016
During the referendum, 51.8 percent of the people from UK voted for Britain to leave the European Union, which is numerically 17,061,744 people. Holding the same perspective, Conservative MPs and the UK Independence Party (UKIP) argued that ever since 1975 when it joined the EU, UK has not had a say. They believe that EU has been continually overpowering UK and have been gaining more and more control over their daily lives. Presuming that the majority of the nation thinks the same way, and which is why the people of the UK has decided to take the exit.
However, it is important to note, that 48 percent of the nation had voted to stay, or 15,864,555 people to be precise. It is just hard and absolutely unfair to ignore the fact that almost half the nation disagrees with the verdict.