Six in 10 Brexit voters say economic damage is 'price worth paying' for quitting EU

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Six in 10 Leave voters and a third of Remainers believe significantly damaging the UK economy is a price worth paying to get their way on Brexit.

In a new poll exposing the lengths Brits are prepared to go to, nearly 40 per cent of Leave voters said losing their job – or a family member losing a job – would still be worth it for Brexit.

Among Remainers the figure was slightly lower, with just one in five anti-Brexit voters believe losing a job is a sacrifice for staying in the EU.

According to YouGov, who carried out the survey, the results show there are “extremists” on both side of the hot debate.

The Brexit ‘extremists’

Is ‘significant damage to the UK economy’ a price worth paying to get your way on Brexit?

Leave voters: 61 per cent believe it is worth it.

Remain voters: 34 per cent believe it is worth it.

Is the loss of your job or a family member’s job a price worth paying to get your way on Brexit?

Leave voters: 39 per cent would sacrifice their job or a family member’s job for Brexit.

Voters: 18 per cent would lose their job or a family’s job if it meant staying in the EU.

They polled thousands of Leave and Remain voters following last year’s referendum, as Theresa May leads the country into exit negotiations. 

The results found older Brexit voters are more willing to see the country, themselves and their families be economically worse off in order to achieve Brexit.

Half of Leave voters aged 65 would be willing for themselves or a family member to lose their job if it meant Britain quit the EU.

A massive 71 per cent of older Leave voters would be willing to see “significant economic damage” to the UK’s economy for Brexit.

Only one in five Leave voters feel significant damage to Britain’s economy is too high a price for Brexit, while 19 per cent said they do not know.

Among Remainers, just 34 per cent of pro-EU voters would be willing to sacrifice the health of the economy for the UK to stay in the EU. 

But the results also showed one in five Remain voters are bitter and would back economic ruin to spite Brexit-backers.

Twenty per cent of Remain voters consider “significant damage to the British economy after leaving the European Union to be a price worth paying to teach Leave politicians and Leave voters a lesson”.


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