Visa card network crashes across UK, Europe

"We are investigating the cause and working as quickly as possible to resolve the situation", a spokesperson told Sky News. "We will keep you updated".

The issue appears to be due to this latter system, with Visa's network also forming the backbone for many financial institutions.

Visa said some card payments are now failing across the United Kingdom and elsewhere in Europe.

A spokesperson from Visa said: "Visa is now experiencing a service disruption".

These included London cab drivers who said they could not accept passenger payments, rail passengers unable to pay for their journey and "embarrassed" shoppers whose cards were declined at the till.

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The issue with payments began just after 2:30pm today.

AIB said it is aware of intermittent issues with AIB cards and is working to resolve the matter.

According to social media reports, the disruption is preventing users from making contactless, mobile and Chip and PIN-based payments in stores and online, while ATM withdrawals are thought to be unaffected.

Visa have confirmed there is a "service disruption".

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