Six in ten Brexit voters believe significant damage to the British economy is a price worth paying for leaving the European Union.
New research has unearthed extremist beliefs among Leavers, with many so committed to their beliefs that they believe significant harm befalling the UK economy, or even losing their jobs, would be a price worth paying in order to get their way on Brexit.
The economic impact of the UK’s vote to leave has been ever-present since the referendum, with the latest economic indicators suggesting job cuts are abound and the currency turmoil continues to leave our finances in tatters.
But in the parlance of Tony Blair, Britain must be prepared for those who desire “Brexit at any cost”.
Fully 61 per cent of Leave voters say that they think that “significant damage to the British economy to be a price worth paying for bringing Britain out of the European Union”.
Only one in five Leave voters are clear that such a price is too high for Brexit – and the remaining 19 per cent don’t know.
Asked whether the loss of their own job or that of a family member would be a price worth paying for bringing Britain out of the EU, 39 per cent of Leave voters still believe that it would (compared to 38 per cent who do not).
But extremism seems to exist on both sides.
More than one in three Remain voters (34 per cent) say that “significant damage to the UK economy would be a price worth paying if it meant that Britain stayed in the European Union”.
This was only a slightly lower figure than the 38 per cent who thought that averting Brexit at such a cost was too high (the remaining 27 per cent don’t know).