That was all Britain’s choice.
Let’s name names.
The chancellor for the majority of the period of swingeing cuts (still incomplete) was mister Gideon Osborne.
And they were clear on their motives: austerity was political, targeted at the groups least able to punch back.
Now there is debate as to whether we can fully ascribe Brexity tendencies to austerity, as the effect of incipient xenophobia will yield some impetus to a Stop The World vote.
But the chaos was sown by that gang…