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May fails to definitely reject another election or referendum within five years

The PM laughed before saying her decision for a national poll on June 8 was based on ensuring “stability” over a five-year period.

Theresa May has failed to explicitly rule out another general election or referendum within the next five years.

The Prime Minister laughed before saying her decision for a national poll on June 8 was based on ensuring “stability” over a five-year period.

She added the Conservatives will not seek a second EU referendum although did not refer to the prospect of a second Scottish independence referendum in her answer.

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The Tory manifesto says calls for a "divisive" independence referendum would disrupt a bid to get the best Brexit deal (Danny Lawson/PA)

Mrs May had been asked to promise “Brenda from Bristol”, who was videoed bemoaning Mrs May’s decision to call a snap election, that there will not be another general election nor referendum before 2022.

Speaking in Norfolk, Mrs May replied: “When I called the election I said it was because I was concerned the other parties wanted to frustrate the Brexit negotiations, but also the country needed that stability over the five years.

“And on the question of a referendum, I can assure you we’re the one party that is going to deliver on the will of the British people, respect the will of the British people, ensure we come out of Brexit and there’s no second referendums – unlike other parties.”

The Conservative Party manifesto states calls for a “divisive” independence referendum would disrupt the UK’s bid to get the best Brexit deal for both Scotland and the UK, adding: “We have been very clear that now is not the time for another referendum on independence.

“In order for a referendum to be fair, legal and decisive, it cannot take place until the Brexit process has played out and it should not take place unless there is public consent for it to happen.

“This is a time to pull together, not apart.”

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