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Brexit: Google sees spike in UK searches for ‘getting an Irish passport’

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The searches, which were mostly from Northern Ireland, spiked as news broke of the surprise result in Thursday s referendum on E.U.

Experts had been closely monitoring Google search data in the run-up to Thursday s fiercely-contested ballot, which saw the Leave campaign clinch 52 percent of votes.

Before midnight Thursday the search giant also noted a more than 500 percent spike in searches for buy gold in the prior four hours.

referendum using the EUref hashtag between 7 a.m. local time Thursday when the polls opened and 10 a.m local time Friday following Prime Minister David Cameron s resignation speech, according to Twitter.

Data compiled by Twitter show that the economy was the most talked-about topic during the election, well ahead of Foreign Relations, immigration and security.

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