PM Theresa May has clarified that it would not be in Britain’s national interest to hold another general election just as she is negotiating the terms of Britain’s exit from the EU.
Talking to reporters en route to New York, where she will attend the United Nations General Assembly, May said: “What I’m doing is working to deliver a good (Brexit) deal with Europe in the national interest. It would not be in the national interest to have an election.”
She further said that Britain would reach a deal despite a current impasse in talks with Brussels and ruled out a second Brexit referendum.
Asked if she was “bluffing” when she said no deal is better than a bad deal with the EU, May told the BBC: “No. What we issued yesterday was some more technical notices to help businesses and others who would need to prepare in a ‘no deal’ situation for doing that. That’s the right, sensible approach.”
May is also expected to addressing business leaders today where she will pledge that her government will be “unequivocally pro-business” as it seeks to forge a future role outside the EU.