Theresa May dodges question over whether she'd vote for Brexit

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Theresa May has dodged a question on whether she would vote for Brexit, during an LBC interview in which the public could quiz her.

When asked whether she would vote for Brexit, she attempted to avoid the question by brushing off "hypotheticals".

"What I did last time was I looked around at everything and came to a conclusion and I would do exactly the same again this time round... but we are not going to have a second referendum."

Her reticence to commit was seized upon by political rivals

Jo Swinson, deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats, said: “It is staggering that even the Prime Minister isn’t convinced by the government’s approach to Brexit. If Theresa May doesn’t have any faith in her own government’s policies, why is she still driving this country towards the cliff edge?

“Theresa May says she would weigh up the evidence again, she shouldn’t deny that right to the British people.

“The public must have the chance to change their mind if they want to, once the government comes back with a deal.”

Labour MP and Open Britain supporter Chris Bryant added: “That the Prime Minister refuses to say which way she’d vote if there were another referendum, and clearly doesn’t believe in Brexit in her heart of hearts, makes her hard Brexit policy all the more irresponsible."

During the course of the interview, hosted by Iain Dale, the Prime Minister also admitted "we don't know what is going to happen" in Brexit negotiations - regarding whether there is a deal or not - but insisted that EU citizens currently in the UK would not be "thrown out".

In response to an emotional question from one women regarding her status, May said: "We want you to stay."

She was more circumspect around questions regarding her cabinet, saying people can "speculate away to their hearts content" on whether she'll mount a reshuffle - although she did not rule it out.

Of her own position, May insisted she wasn't going anywhere. "I am not a quitter," she said. "There is a long-term job to be done here."