UK Prime Minister Theresa May has revealed that her Christian faith guides her when she has to make difficult decisions such as the ongoing Brexit debate.
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In an interview with The Sunday Times, May admitted that the Brexit issue keeps her awake at night but her Christian faith helps her make decisions. Defending herself against accusations of shutting other people out of her decision-making process, the British prime minister also said she relies on her gut instincts about doing the right thing.
"I suppose there is something in terms of faith, I am a practicing member of the Church of England and so forth, that lies behind what I do. It's not like I've decided to do what I'm going to do and I'm stubborn," May told the Times. "I'll think it through, have a gut instinct, look at the evidence, work through the arguments, because you have to think through the unintended consequences."
"But ultimately, if you've done all that and you believe it's the right thing to do, then you should go and do it — but sometimes it is difficult," the UK Prime Minister added.
In light of her revelation to the Times about the role of her Christian faith in her political decisions, the National Secular Society (NSS) has urged May not to abuse her position to promote her religion. The Society's campaigns director, Stephen Evans, said he is not surprised that the prime minister leans on her faith during difficult times, but reminded her that she governs everyone including the minorities and the non-religious groups, The Independent relays.
In addition, Evans said it is fine for May to have a faith, but cautioned her against imposing her religious values on other people.
May is the only child of clergyman Hubert Brasier, who used to serve as the vicar of a village in Oxfordshire. Her upbringing reportedly allowed her to see people from all sorts of backgrounds, and she said this experience instilled in her a sense of service.