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UK Leave vote stuns Europe – 4 ways Brexit is melting the internet

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It’s official: The UK has voted to leave the European Union, and the internet is in a frenzy.

The Leave campaign scored a tight victory over Remain by garnering just shy of 52% of the total vote. This decision is sure to have far-reaching effects on Britain for years to come.

But in the short-term, we’re already seeing some of the immediate impacts of Brexit online.

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1. People don’t understand Brexit

Across the UK, 72.2% of a confirmed 46,500,0001 electorate turned out to vote in the EU referendum. But it seems plenty of people aren’t even sure what they voted for.

Google has reported an incredible 250% spike in the search term “what happens if we leave the EU?” at midnight last night.

Related: How tech bigwigs saw the UK Brexit debate

2. Petition for second referendum crashes

An online petition demanding a second referendum has crashed the Parliament's 'Petitions' website. At the time of writing, the petition has been signed by 91,150 people, but many would-be signatories are unable to get online.

The petition has already passed the 10,000 signature milestone that forces the government to issue a response. It's now fast-approaching the 100,000 mark, which means the petition will be considered for debate in Parliament.

The web-masters have confirmed that they're aware of the problem and are working on a fix.

3. Bitcoin is surging

It’s not all bad news, mind. Bitcoin, the world’s best known digital currency, has rocketed in value, rising to an incredible $768.24 per unit. That’s compared to its $417 price at the start of April, and the $561.46 value on polling day – Thursday, June 23. At the time of writing, Bitcoin is worth $662.86.

The news comes at the British pound tumbles to a 30-year low when priced against the dollar as a result of yesterday’s Brexit vote.

4. XE.com is down

XE.com, the world’s biggest online currency exchange, has also collapsed under increased traffic. The Canada-based exchange is currently inaccessible for many users

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What’s your take on Brexit’s impact so far? Let us know in the comments.

Herman Gunt

June 26, 2016, 3:56 am

The online petition, standing at some 2 millions votes was either hacked or had names entered from abroad, judging by the published list of IPs and their countries of origin. Only 350,000 were from the UK - the proof is on the net.

Of course, the BBC kept running with the 'huge online petition' story, even though the 'truth was out there':)

Clyde Frog

June 27, 2016, 8:32 am

Once again, the BBC and other mainstream media show their true colours with their reporting of this 'petition'.

For another take, see: http://heatst.com/uk/exclusive...

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