Prime minister Theresa May in Norwich as General Election campaign 2017 enters final stages
PUBLISHED: 15:26 07 June 2017 | UPDATED: 16:16 07 June 2017
Prime minister Theresa May has visited Norwich on the final day of General Election campaigning - and told voters that "Brexit is the basis of everything else".
The Conservative leader visited The Space in Roundtree Way, Sprowston, where she was joined by Norwich North and South Tory candidates Chloe Smith and Lana Hempsall.
She returned to the theme which her party started the election with - saying she needs a mandate to strengthen her hand in the Brexit negotiations.
In the last stages of the campaign, she warned that if her party lost six seats it would lose its majority, paving the way for a ‘coalition of chaos’.
The prime minister fielded a number of questions from journalists about Brexit and security measures following the terror attacks.
She laughed when asked about the chances of another general election or referendum within the next five years, 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 would not seek a second EU referendum although did not refer to the prospect of a second Scottish independence referendum in her answer.
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.
She 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.”
But Norman Lamb, Liberal Democrat candidate for North Norfolk accused the prime minister of shying away from her responsibility to the public, after she failed to respond to his public letter challenging her to debate the Dementia Tax during her visit to Norfolk.
His open letter, urging Ms May to meet to answer 12 questions over the Conservative plans for social care has been co-signed by more than 500 people.
Mr Lamb said; “Theresa May had an opportunity to meet with me as the minister who originally introduced the cap on care costs. “She owes it to people to explain her disgraceful abandonment of the £72,000 cap that the Conservatives previously committed to implementing.
“Instead, she has shied away from her responsibility and surrounded herself with activists during her visit to Norfolk. Vital questions now remain unanswered.”