May won’t say if she would vote for Brexit in new poll

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LON­DON — Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May re­fused to say whether she would vote for Brexit if there was an­other ref­er­en­dum, re­peat­edly avoid­ing giv­ing an an­swer on an is­sue that will de­fine Bri­tain’s fate for gen­er­a­tions to come.

Al­though May has talked up the “prom­ise of Brexit” since gain­ing power last year, she had, in the run­ up to the June 2016 ref­er­en­dum, qui­etly backed stay­ing in the Euro­pean Union.

She won the top job after David Cameron, who had also cam­paigned to re­main, re­signed in the chaos fol­low­ing the shock re­sult of the vote. She has ruled out hold­ing a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum on the fi­nal deal of the terms of Brexit, de­spite calls for one from some pro­EU law­mak­ers.

Asked three times in an in­ter­view if she had changed her mind, she did not an­swer di­rectly, say­ing she wouldn’t en­gage with hy­po­thet­i­cal ques­tions and said her job was to de­liver what the peo­ple had voted for.

“I voted re­main for good rea­sons at the time, but cir­cum­stances move on and I think the im­por­tant thing now is that I think we should all be fo­cused on de­liv­er­ing Brexit and de­liv­er­ing the best deal,” she said on Bri­tish ra­dio sta­tion LBC on Tues­day.

Pressed on whether she would now vote leave, she said she would look at ev­ery­thing and come to a judg­ment, but stressed that there would not be an­other ref­er­en­dum.

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