Above all else

In an indication of just how polarised and nonsensical the whole Brexit thing has become, here’s today’s jaw-dropping figure.

In a series of polls, people who backed Leave in the referendum are willing to sacrifice peace in northern Ireland to ensure that Brexit happens.

By huge margins.

Just think about that for a moment. People are willing to go back to the days of hundreds of deaths a year, political assassinations, car bombs and soldiers on the streets just to make sure that the UK doesn’t co-operate with its neighbours.

This isn’t just cherry-picking one result from a larger dataset, oh no.
83% of leave voters in England, 84% of leave voters in Wales and 75% of leave voters in Scotland all thought that Brexit was worth the end of the peace process.

Full data links:

The original researchers’ presentation on this data:


Many were increasingly of the opinion that they’d all made a big mistake coming down from the trees in the first place.

  • D. Adams

You can take the monkey out of the forest, but you can’t take the forest out of the monkey.


I wonder what will have more lasting negative consequences, Brett Kavanaugh or Brexit? :thinking:


Their unholy love child, Brexit Kavanaugh?

(It’s okay, though, Britain was able to give 52% consent).


Brexit, IMHO. Much harder to undo that box.


So 44% of Northern Ireland voters chose Brexit, and 87% of those (38% of the total) are willing to see the end of the peace process.

I suspect that, since pro-Brexit voters tend to skew older, many of that 38% lived their formative years in an atmosphere of bigotry and hatred, and they see an end to the peace process not as acceptable collateral damage, but as a bonus. Fear and distrust of The Other is the common element in both polls.

As for conservatives in the other UK countries, pretty much the same attitude applies: “They aren’t us, so who gives a shit?”.