South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss changes mind on Brexit

PUBLISHED: 15:35 11 October 2017 | UPDATED: 15:41 11 October 2017

Liz Truss would now back Brexit after voting remain in last year's referendum. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Liz Truss would now back Brexit after voting remain in last year's referendum. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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Liz Truss, who voted for the UK to remain in the European Union, has now switched her view on Brexit.

The South West Norfolk MP has stated she would now back the UK quitting Europe because gloomy economic predictions have not materialised.

Ms Truss said that her expectation of immediate economic damage from a Leave vote had turned out to be wrong, and acknowledged that Treasury forecasts of its impact were not accurate.

Her comments come after prime minister Theresa May – who also backed Remain during the referendum campaign – dodged the question of which way she would vote on Brexit now.

Chief secretary to the Treasury Ms Truss told BBC2’s Daily Politics: “All of us had to make a judgment on what we thought the future would look like. I made a judgment thinking it would be bad for the economy.

“Since we have left, it has been more positive, so the facts have changed and I have changed my mind.”

Asked whether this meant she now accepted the Treasury forecasts were wrong, Ms Truss said: “No forecast is completely accurate. No-one has a crystal ball.

“I believed that there would be major economic problems. Those haven’t come to pass and I have also seen the opportunities.

“The other thing is that there was a big moment on June 23 when British people voted to leave and it was an expression about what kind of country we wanted to be. I think that has changed the debate in this country as well.”

Asked on LBC radio on Tuesday whether she had changed her mind about how to vote, Mrs May replied: “I don’t answer hypothetical questions.

“I voted Remain for good reasons at the time but circumstances move on.”

Pressed in the House of Commons by SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford over why she did not give a “straightforward” answer, Mrs May said: “There is no second referendum. The people of the United Kingdom voted and we will be leaving the European Union in March 2019.”

Culture Secretary Karen Bradley also refused to say which way she would vote now on the grounds it was a “hypothetical question”: “There isn’t going to be a second Brexit referendum.

“We are delivering Brexit. I believe in Brexit.”

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