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