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Theresa May refuses to say that Brexit will be worth it

Theresa May refuses to say that Brexit will be worth it
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Theresa May has refused to say whether she believes leaving the European Union will be worth it in the end.


The Prime Minister would only say that Brexit will create "real opportunities for the United Kingdom".

She added: "I think Brexit is going to deliver a country that will be different."

Mrs May, who voted Remain in 2016, has been criticised in the past for refusing to say whether she would vote to leave the EU if there is another referendum.

Speaking during a whistle-stop tour of the four nations of the UK to mark one year until Brexit, she was asked by BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg: "Do you think Brexit will be worth it?"

The Prime Minister replied: "I think there are real opportunities for the United Kingdom. I think it's a bright future out there. And yes, I think Brexit is going to deliver a country that will be different, but I think there are real opportunities for us as an independent nation for the future."

Elsewhere in the interview, Mrs May also failed to rule out tax rises to pay for a massive cash injection the Government is set to announce for the NHS.

Asked if taxes will have to go up, she said: "We will, as part of a normal processes, we will look at the funding. But we've got to look at the long term plan. You don't say' this is what we're going to spend'. We say, 'actually, let's look at that long-term plan'.

"We're already putting extra money into the NHS. Let's look at what is needed for that multi year funding settlement."

Speaking ahead of her trip, Mrs May said she wanted a Brexit deal that strengthens the United Kingdom.

She said: "I am determined that as we leave the EU, and in the years ahead, we will strengthen the bonds that unite us, because ours is the world’s most successful union.

"The UK contains four proud and historic nations, but together we amount to so much more than the sum of our parts and our Union is an enormous force for good."

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